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کد خبر: 234481تاریخ: 1397/8/28 04:11
Macron: Europe must not become a plaything of great powers
Macron: Europe must not become a plaything of great powers
French President Emmanuel Macron called for greater European unity, saying that Europe must not "become a plaything of great powers, must assume greater responsibility for its security and its defense”.

Macron on Sunday urged a Franco-German push to make Europe a stronger and more confident global player that could prevent "chaos" on the world stage, AFP reported.

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have used a series of war anniversaries to project unity as they push back against populist and nationalist forces in Europe and Trump's isolationist "America First" stance.

With half a year until European Parliament elections in which far-right forces look to make gains, Macron made a passionate plea for stronger backing from Merkel on a range of reforms to strengthen Europe.

"Europe, and within it the Franco-German couple, have the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace," Macron told the German parliament.

"That's why Europe must be stronger... and win more sovereignty," he said at a ceremony to honor the victims of past wars and dictatorships.

Macron said it was Europe that had led the drive for green energy and against climate change and was now most strongly pushing multilateral approaches to trade, security, migration and environmental policy.

The first French president to address the Bundestag in 18 years, Macron called for greater European unity in order for the bloc to meet future challenges in an uncertain world.

He said Europe must not "become a plaything of great powers, must assume greater responsibility for its security and its defense, and must not accept a subordinate role in world politics".

Merkel said she agreed with Macron's assessment that Europe stands "at a crossroads", before the two headed into a meeting to discuss a range of policy challenges – from a joint eurozone budget to migration policy and taxing Internet giants.

The German leader reiterated that she backed Macron's proposal for a future European Army as a symbol of a united continent – an idea that has raised Trump's hackles.

Last week the American president mocked the plan by tweeting that "it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?"

But German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen insisted Sunday that a joint military force would need not just common equipment and training but also "the political will to resolutely defend European interests when a conflict breaks out".

And France's Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, told the Journal du Dimanche "it is not a question of being against the United States but of taking our destiny into our own hands to no longer count on others".

Macron's Berlin visit came a week after world leaders met in Paris to commemorate the end of World War I a century ago.

 

 

 


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