Emmanuel Macron urges Europeans to look at “the illiberal moment we are experiencing”

Emmanuel Macron urges Europeans to look at “the illiberal moment we are experiencing”
Emmanuel Macron urges Europeans to look at “the illiberal moment we are experiencing”

In a speech in Dresden (Germany) delivered this Monday, May 27, the President of the Republic also urged Europeans to look “around us at the fascination with authoritarian regimes.”

The warning is launched by Emmanuel Macron two weeks before the European elections. Traveling to Dresden this Monday, May 27 as part of his state visit to Germany, the President of the Republic warned against the extreme right and the “bad wind” which “is blowing in Europe”, while calling to an awakening to defend democracy.

“Let’s look around us at the fascination with authoritarian regimes, let’s look around us at the illiberal moment we are experiencing,” declared the Head of State in his speech delivered during Europe Day in front of Germans, Czechs and Polish. An intervention started and concluded by Emmanuel Macron in the language of Goethe:

“The extreme right, this bad wind is blowing in Europe, it’s a reality, so let’s wake up!”

Europe is at “an unprecedented moment in its history”

For Emmanuel Macron, Europe finds itself at an “unprecedented moment in its history” which forces it “to think about our defense and our security by ourselves and for ourselves”, particularly in the face of a “Russia which will be there tomorrow , after tomorrow”.

“As much as necessary, we will help Ukraine to protect its soil and defend our security,” the head of state further underlined.

Emmanuel Macron also estimated that Europe had “a growth model problem”. He thus called for “building a new growth paradigm for generations to come”, a model “which fully assumes massive investments in the climate and the decarbonization of our economies”.

“European growth will come through artificial intelligence, innovation, research, massive investments, to build our future,” he said. “So let’s go, with strength and ambition, as Europeans.”

Macron wants a doubled European budget

Still on the investment side, the President of the Republic proposed that the European budget be doubled according to several methods “either by the size of the budget, or by common borrowing strategies, or by instruments that already exist”.

And to face competition from the United States or China, Europe must, according to him, “get out of naivety” and “protect itself better” commercially by building “a European preference” in certain areas. , like defense and space. “Europe is the last place where we are open to the rest of the world without a European preference and without rules,” he lamented.

Anthony Lebbos with Vincent Gautier

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