“The EU emerged weakened from the June 9 vote, whereas to exist in today’s world we need a strengthened Europe”

“The EU emerged weakened from the June 9 vote, whereas to exist in today’s world we need a strengthened Europe”
“The EU emerged weakened from the June 9 vote, whereas to exist in today’s world we need a strengthened Europe”

HASt a time when the need for Europe is more pressing than ever, the Eurosceptic, not to say Europhobic, far right is scoring points on the Old Continent. This is not without consequences: compared to other power blocs, the European Union (EU) emerged weakened from the June 9 election. This is one of the unfortunate paradoxes of the current political-strategic situation. There are others.

All tendencies combined, the extreme right will represent a quarter, or roughly, of the 720 MEPs. The predicted tidal wave did not happen, and the inability of this family to unite will somewhat dilute its weight in the European hemicycle. This remains dominated by the same majority coalition: the center right (which is progressing), the social democrats and the liberals of Renew.

But on the themes of immigration-purchasing power-security, in order or in disorder, Euroscepticism is taking hold in a Union which, for many, was first and foremost synonymous with prosperity and growth. Two pillars of the EU have been achieved. France is the most affected country. In an unexpected electoral campaign, she is entering a phase of deep political turmoil – with the possible arrival of the National Rally at the head of government. In Germany, the coalition of social democrat Olaf Scholz is destabilized by the rise of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) ultras. and the poor score of the chancellor’s party.

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All this is unpleasant enough, but it is even more so if we take into account the ill wind blowing around the Union. This is a weather forecast that is the antithesis of the world of the European project. It was established in peace, by and for the law, against a backdrop of regulated economic liberalism. Today’s world is driven by other developments. War is back in Europe; the balance of power prevails more than ever on the international scene; economic protectionism is back.

A “ring of fire” around the EU

The EU “model” has many enemies. Vladimir Putin’s Russia fears a possible democratic contagion which it is combating with the war in Ukraine. Xi Jinping’s China, in a difficult domestic situation, is counting on the EU market to sell its gargantuan surpluses. Moscow and Beijing are organizing together to contest everywhere the values ​​represented by the European project, analyzes the European Union Institute for Security Studies, the EU’s strategic think tank, in its latest report entitled “Contestation: the new dynamic driving global politics.

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