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It istempting to indulge in some typical British lip-curling over the grand-sounding Treaty of Franco-German Cooperation and Integration signed on Tuesday by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle in French), capital of Charlemagne’s lost but not forgotten ninth-century European empire.
The pact, reaffirming the 1963 Élysée treaty that set the two countries on the path to post-war reconciliation, is intended to reassert the centrality of the Franco-German partnership in a splintering Europe beset by resurgent nationalism, rightwing populism and Brexit. Cynics will say it is also an attempt to reassert the fading relevance of Merkel and Macron.
Yet it’s not necessary to be an English Eurosceptic to have serious doubts about this project. Macron was accused of “high treason” this week by the French right for supposedly secretly planning to surrender Alsace and Lorraine. Marine Le Pen, the leader of National Rally (formerly the National
Such claims are nonsense. So, too, is the idea put about by Eurosceptic media in Britain that Paris and Berlin are conspiring to seize full control of the EU and impose a new, shared hegemony at the expense of smaller states. The real problem with the new treaty is that it is mostly a bland, unambitious fudge.
Last, Macron and Merkel are doing what any British leader worth their salt should instinctively be doing too: namely reinforcing Europe’s defences against the depredations, current and future, of a US that is increasingly intent on exploiting the privileges conferred by global leadership while rejecting the accompanying responsibilities; and against the rise of a ruthless new superpower, China, whose authoritarian, anti-democratic practices fundamentally challenge European values of independence, freedom of action and individual rights.
Thank goodness Macron and Merkel, for all their faults and weaknesses, can still see the bigger picture. These days, for the most part, Britain’s small-minded leaders cannot see beyond their rather stuck-up noses.
originally posted by: AtlasHawk
a reply to: Zanti Misfit
Its only matter of time before a civil war in Europe happens.
Europe’s ‘rich north’ should be worried. Currently, both Angela Merkel and Emanuel Macron are under fire and struggling for legitimacy in the face of massive public opposition to what their electorate believe are failing policies on immigration and unsustainable runaway taxation by the state in the face of a rising cost of living.
This past week, France’s Yellow Vest Movement has intensified well beyond what was seen over Christmas, as the government braces itself for a new round of unrest this weekend.
Many EU member states are facing similar situations, based on similar underlying structural problems. Millions of citizens throughout Europe are now beginning to realize there are no economic prospects for moving forward, but more crucially – they’re now realizing to what extent they have lost their national sovereignty in deference to Brussels.
Tisdall has criticised Britain's close ties with Saudi Arabia and British involvement in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. In 2018, he wrote that "the UK-Saudi alliance is pernicious, encouraging the worst in both sides, and deeply corrosive of “our values”. May’s main focus is not on the unnumbered Yemeni civilians who continue to die as a result of the Saudi-led, British-backed bombing campaign.
Tisdall commends Angela Merkel's "brave, open-door migration policy"
MSM gets more Ridicules by Defending Macron and Merkel and their new agenda.