Macron warns of European 'civil war' over growing East-West divide
The European Union risks being torn apart by a âcivil warâ between its liberal and authoritarian democracies, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France has warned.
Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Macron said that the EU must âbuild a new European sovereigntyâ and embark on much needed reforms to save the bloc.
The ardent Europhile was given a standing ovation and numerous compliments by adoring MEPs during the plenary debate on the future of Europe after Brexit.
âWe have a context of division and indeed doubt within Europe,â Mr Macron said. âThere seems to be a sort of European civil war where selfish interests sometimes appear more important than what unites Europe.â
In a thinly veiled swipe at Hungary and Poland, Mr Macron said Europe was in the grips of âa fascination with the illiberalâ.
Brussels is at loggerh eads with Warsaw over Polandâs controversial judicial reforms and there are also concerns about the rule of law in Hungary after strongman Vikto Orbanâs election campaign, which was won by stoking fears over immigration.Source: Google News