Brexiteers lied to United Kingdom, says Emmanuel Macron

'Brexit is the symbol of Europe's crisis': Macron outlines vision for EU's future

The French President said Brexit "symbolises the crisis of a Europe that has failed to respond" to worldwide crises such as mass migration and called for cross-EU reform.

In a letter first published yesterday on Twitter in all of the Union's languages, the president wrote: "Citizens of Europe, if I am taking the liberty of addressing you directly, it is not only in the name of the history and values that unite us".

Tusk, speaking to reporters after talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, echoed French President Emmanuel Macron's warnings about foreign meddling and backed his call for a European Renaissance.

The government said in a brief emailed response Tuesday to a query on Macron's plea to voters to choose a stronger EU: "It is important for the pro-European forces to set out their concepts before the European election".

"We can not wait for the renaissance of Europe - the renaissance of Europe must start now".

France's European affairs minister says President Emmanuel Macron's column as a "realistic assessment about the state of Europe". "And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe", Macron added.

"This could mark the beginning of a serious European debate", Orban said in a statement sent to Reuters by email.

The letter is addressed directly to the citizens of Europe, and Macron writes that his proposals would lead to a "European renaissance".

'Brexit is the symbol of Europe's crisis': Macron outlines vision for EU's future

I propose creating a European Agency for the Protection of Democracies, which will provide each member state with European experts to protect their election processes against cyber-attacks and manipulation.

He advocated the creation of "a common border force and a European asylum office", as well as a "European Council for Internal Security" that in theory would oversee these new operations.

He favours a more protectionist approach to some commercial sectors and the adoption of "European preferences in strategic industries ... as our American and Chinese competitors do". "Yet never has Europe been in so much danger".

Representatives from other right-wing political parties across the EU are set to discuss the matter in a meeting of the European people's Party on March 20.

An EU-wide minimum wage "appropriate to each country".

Faced with this growing working class opposition, Macron is reacting by turning to military-police and anti-immigrant rhetoric, in line with the rest of the ruling elite.

Macron, who has made no secret of his plans to form a centrist, pro-Europe alliance to stave off populist and nationalist movements which have been gaining ground across the continent, also suggested reforming the 26-member Schengen area which allows free movement between members.

France last month saw its most serious diplomatic dispute with Italy since World War II.




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