French President Emmanuel Macron is warning that the European Union is currently facing a ‘civil war’ of sorts between liberal democracy and illiberal democracies.
Macron further warned that the EU should not retreat into nationalism but rather that the European Union needs to be a bulwark for liberalism against a disorderly and dangerous world. Macron made such statements while he was addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
—- ‘We have a context of division and indeed doubt within Europe,’ he said. ‘There seems to be a sort of European civil war where selfish interests sometimes appear more important than what unites Europe.’
Later, Macron accused nationalist leaders of offering a ‘game of fools’ as a response to voters concerns over a globalized economy. Continuing, the French President stated that returning to a national power is an illusion.
‘We must hear the anger of Europe’s peoples today,’ he said. ‘They need a new project. Those who trade on that anger are risking nationalisms tearing Europe apart.’