Emmanuel Macron had to be the most ambitious and energetic European head of government at the moment. At home, he is trying to reform the country’s labor laws, something all French presidents have failed to do. But Macron’s great passion seems to be to address the future of Europe as a whole and to revive idle visions of deepening cooperation among EU member states.
In a speech he gave at the Sorbonne in Paris, he outlined reforms in the European Union.
“We forgot to defend the idea of Europe,” he said, among other things, as an explanation of why xenophobia, nationalism and critics of the European Union are not. The European Union was built on the conviction that after two world wars, the countries of Europe were never allowed to enter a state of war with each other again.
The attack on critics of the European Union
His strategy is to ignore Brexit, that parties critical of the European Union are growing, and that the French Development Agency, a powerful party critical of the European Union, has just entered the German Bundestag and has caused fellow Chancellor Angela Merkel a headache in Berlin. On the contrary, his strong federal rhetoric appeared to be a way to attack the European Union’s critics.
He has been criticized for choosing a time for his written talks when Germany begins its sensitive government negotiations, but Macron is said to be able to influence government discussions in Germany by quickly defining the future of the European Union and there he wants the German company and Merkel.
We want the common state budget
His many proposals on deepening cooperation and integration are a red curtain for those who believe that the institutions of the European Union have gained too much power at the expense of the independence of the European Union countries. Macron’s most controversial proposal is that the euro states unite in a common government budget of several billion euros in the Treasury, a budget administered by the European Commission in Brussels. The budget will be allocated to much needed infrastructure projects and buffer if the economy deteriorates. It also wants to closely bind the countries together through common legislation.
What drives Macron to seriously demand that member states give up more of their right to self-determination in sensitive areas such as defense, border protection and the right to decide on taxes? Emmanuel Macron is a critic of the forces of globalization and wants to ensure that jobs and employment remain in Europe. “Fragile Europe becomes an easier victim of the shockwaves of globalization,” he said.
For this to be possible, he sees an independent, independent and democratic European Union as the way forward and where the countries of the European Union should be closely linked with the help of greater economic cooperation. He suggested, among other things, taxing multinational IT companies in the places where they operate and generate their profits rather than where they are registered.
Focus on the Eurozone
Macron’s focus is on the eurozone countries, and perhaps his most controversial vision of the common budget of eurozone countries leaves Sweden outside Sweden.
Macron also proposed a joint European Union program to finance integration and education for refugees.
Ahead of the elections, Angela Merkel was positively cautious about Macron’s plans. The German liberals have already called on the FDP to cancel the rescue money provided by the European Union to countries in crisis. The complex government negotiations will make it less flexible when it comes to EU policy. But now it is not just Germany and France who are drafting future EU guidelines.
Set the agenda
It is now up to EU member states to respond, and the Macron plan will be discussed in the corridors when EU leaders gather at the next EU summit. Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in his plan, setting the agenda that now belongs to other European Union countries to deal with.
The happiest people today are the European Commission officials. It has been many years since the prime minister presented a plan that would give Brussels more opportunity to coordinate and guide the 27 member states toward a common European policy. Emmanuel Macron thought the time had come.
The question is whether he is right or has he caused great harm to the European Union.