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FRANCE v EU: Emmanuel Macron Warns European Leaders They Have ONE YEAR to Reform Bloc

  • FRANCE v EU: Emmanuel Macron Warns European Leaders They Have ONE YEAR to Reform Bloc
    by MARK CHANDLER, http://www.express.co.uk/
    EMMANUEL Macron has challenged EU leaders including Angela Merkel to sort out reform of the bloc within a year.

    The French President set out his own blueprint for a more tightly integrated union last month, calling for a string of changes including a shared budget and joint defence force. And he warned yesterday that member states only had one year before the 2019 European Parliament elections to sort out reforms. Mr Macron set the deadline during a speech at Goethe University in Frankfurt before a later public appearance with Mrs Merkel.

    He told the audience in Germany: “I believe that, if you have a vision, you shouldn’t go to the doctor but you should open a debate. “I think we need to start the debate, we have a year to clarify and draw up a common roadmap.”

    The president said he wanted to meet Mrs Merkel more often so the pair could thrash out the EU’s future. He asked: “If we are ready for common policies on security, digital infrastructure, energy, migration, the fight against terrorism, then who can explain to me why we can’t have a common eurozone budget?”

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October 12, 2017 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eastern Europe DESTROYS EU Integration Plan: Nations SPLIT ‘Will Lead to EU BREAK UP’

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/864507/Eu-integration-Emmanuel-macron-Hungary-Poland-Croatia-Bulgaria-Romania

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http://www.voxeurop.eu/en/content/news-brief/2211991-10-countries-united-states-europe

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/17/jean-claude-junckers-grand-plan-eu-first-laid-84-years-ago/

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https://twitter.com/ConMEPs/status/907957748427624448

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/848559/European-Union-Guy-Verhofstadt-Brexit-France-transnational-vote-European-Parliament

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/838915/European-Union-Spain-eurozone-budget-EU-finance-minister

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘We Don’t Want Macron’s Budget’ German MEP Says French Leader’s Plan Will FRACTURE The EU

Macron said he wanted to rule as a ‘Jupiter’, above the political fray. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

  • Macron (wink wink): “That’s the plan for the collapse of the EU and the unveiling of the 10 nations federation, United States of Europe. Order Out of Chaos!”
  • ‘We Don’t Want Macron’s Budget’ German MEP Says French Leader’s Plan Will FRACTURE The EU
    by ALIX CULBERTSON, http://www.express.co.uk/
    A LEADING German MEP has rejected Emmanuel Macron’s Eurozone budget plan and said it would further split the European Union (EU).

    Reinhard Bütikofer, spokesman for the German Green Party in the EU, said the French president’s plans ostracise member states who do not use the Euro. Last month Mr Macron proposed a shared budget for the 19 eurozone countries as well as a finance minister, budget and parliament for the currency.

    The French leader had been seen as the man to bring France and Germany closer together during at time of instability in the EU due to Brexit. However, German officials have said they are still waiting for concrete ideas from Paris about strengthening the union and they are losing patience with Emmanuel Macron, whose approval ratings have plummeted at home and across the EU.

    Mr Bütikofer is the latest to speak out against the Frenchman’s proposals, saying he agreed the EU needs a larger budget but said it should not be limited to the eurozone. He said EU countries outside the eurozone need to contribute to ensure bloc-wide benefits. The German MEP, who specialises in defence and foreign affairs, today, said: “We do not want Macron’s Eurozone budget. 

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http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-france-macron-20171003-story.html

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/858987/Emmanuel-Macron-Paris-France-Sorbonne-EU-speech-Angela-Merkel

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Macron’s EU Plan for ‘United States of Europe’ Will Cause Many More Brexits, Historian Warns

  • Macron’s EU Plan for ‘United States of Europe’ Will Cause Many More Brexits, Historian Warns
    by AURORA BOSOTTI, http://www.express.co.uk/
    EUROPEAN Union member states will increasingly break from Brussels if the institution continues to pursue Emmanuel Macron’s federalist dreams, historian Niall Ferguson claimed.

    Mr Ferguson said EU states will seek alternative arrangement because of Brussels’ power-grasping aspirations. Speaking on the BBC This Week, the historian said: “The more Europe looks like Mr Macron’s United States of Europe, the more plausible it becomes to say ‘well, we don’t really need to be in this relatively strong unitary nation.’

    “In states like Spain, we can go from the autonomy that they have in Catalonia to independence. I think there’s a relationship between European integration and the encouragement of small states. We saw that in Scotland.

    “Frequently the Scottish nationalists would argue that they could have independence in this new context that has been created by the European Union.”

    In a major policy speech, French President Emmanuel Macron said Britain’s decision to leave the EU “shouldn’t take up all our energy” and advocated further reform of the European project. Mr Macron made the speech as a slew of recent polls showed his approval ratings have slumped to worryingly low levels, with the Europhile leader holding the support of less than one-third of French voters.

    In his speech he advocated a strengthening of the economic and monetary union for a core group of member states, like France and Germany – something critics fear will lead to a “two-speed” Europe. 

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October 9, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EU on the BRINK: Catalonia Independence Will See ‘Euro Crisis Return with a Vengeance’

  • EU on the BRINK: Catalonia Independence Will See ‘Euro Crisis Return with a Vengeance’
    by HARVEY GAVIN, http://www.express.co.uk/
    CATALAN independence will be a disaster for the European Union and will see the eurozone debt crisis “returning with a vengeance”, a leading Brexiteer has warned.

    Dan Hannan’s grim prediction that “Brexit could soon be the least of the EU’s problems” comes as Catalonia says it could separate from Spain as early as Monday – a move branded “illegal” by Madrid. The eurozone financial crisis – which has crippled Spain with record unemployment rates – has been ongoing for nearly a decade, but has eased slightly in recent years.

    But MEP Mr Hannan says independence in Catalonia could easily lead to disastrous economic problems for Madrid and cause dire knock-on effects for the EU. The wealthy region accounts for 20 per cent of Spain’s GDP and a split could spark a major financial crisis. 

    Writing in the Spectator, Mr Hannan said: “Last Sunday’s violence will push Catalans towards independence. “Public opinion in the rest of Spain, as much as the letter of the law, won’t allow Madrid to move. “What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?”

    He said if Catalonia declared independence without approval from the Spanish Government, Madrid would cut off funding to the newly formed state. The Catalan Government would rush to set up its own tax system, he predicted, and Spain’s stock exchange would collapse during the chaos.

    Mr Hannan said: “And the euro crisis is back with a vengeance. Brexit may soon be the least of the EU’s problems.” The Tory MEP for South East England also drew similarities between the situation in Spain and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. He said: “Telling people that they are not allowed to leave turns out to be a pretty good way of ensuring that they do.”

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October 6, 2017 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catalonia Could BRING DOWN EU: Brussels Warned NOT To Wash Its Hands Or Risk Its FUTURE

  • Catalonia Could BRING DOWN EU: Brussels Warned NOT To Wash Its Hands Or Risk Its FUTURE
    by JOEY MILLAR, http://www.express.co.uk/
    THE CATALONIA referendum could spark the end of the European Union (EU) if Brussels continues to wash its hands of violent voting day scenes last weekend.

    The  has issued half-hearted condemnations of the violent scenes which saw Spanish police attack Catalonians attempting to vote in Sunday’s referendum. And with Brussels ignoring calls to mediate the situation, which has seen thousands of people protest against police brutality, Catalan officials have now hit out the bloc over its cowardly silence.

    Amadeu Altafaj, the Catalan government’s Brussels representative, said the EU’s “credibility and reputation” was being damaged by its solidarity with . And he said the horrific scenes last weekend, in which more than 800 people were injured by heavily-armed national guards, showed the EU “is not able to protect” its citizens. 

    He told Politico: “The credibility and the reputation of the European Union is at stake. “The Catalan government calls for an urgent international mediation, preferably European.  “If the EU is not able to protect 7.5 million of its citizens from violence and repression, it will fail not only to them but to the whole union.” 

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October 5, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘EU Won’t Be Around for Long’ Liam Fox Claims Continent Will OVERTHROW European Superstate

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  • ‘EU Won’t Be Around for Long’ Liam Fox Claims Continent Will OVERTHROW European Superstate
    by VINCENT WOOD, http://www.express.co.uk/
    LIAM Fox has hit out at the EU’s push to create a “United States of Europe”, claiming citizens on the continent will turn away from the bloc if it follows the vision of President Jean Claude Juncker.

    In a heated debate with Newsnight host Evan Davis, Dr Fox defended the nation’s decision to leave following Jean Claude Juncker’s call for an even more unified EU. His comments came as Mr Davis hit out at the Secretary for International Trade for his “optimism” over securing a deal with the EU and striking trade agreements across the world.

    Discussing the EU, Mr Davis said: “Every answer is you hoping they will fall into line with your view rather than stick to the line that they’ve been taking. “That’s optimism – and maybe they will, but maybe they won’t.”

    Dr Fox replied: “And maybe elected governments who don’t take the prosperity of their own people into account or who drive a political agenda in a direction their people don’t want may not be the governments for all that very long. “Many people in this country, including many Remainers, will have listened to what Mr Juncker said the other week, which is ‘we do want ever closer union, we do want a single President, a single European army and a single economic policy’.

    “I certainly feel totally validated in voting to leave after hearing that speech, I think many Remainers may question their decision too.”

    The Brussels boss raised eyebrows in September with a series of eye-catching initiatives and an openly federalist agenda, jettisoning much of the caution seen in previous years.

    Mr Juncker spoke at length about trade, the eurozone, migration, defence and foreign policy and the single market, on each occasion advocating more Europe as the answer. He also called for the union to have one President to rule over the continent through the supra-governmental agency. Mr Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg: “Europe would function better if we were to merge the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council. “Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the ship.”

    Tory MEPs said the powerful Commission chief was on the march “towards a United States of Europe” under which there will be “no tolerance for deviation from EU rule”.

    They warned the ambitious raft of proposals contained in Mr Juncker’s landmark State of the Union speech would, if implemented, bring about the death of national democracy in Europe.

    Member states have since baulked at some of the more radical plans, including the abolition of the role of EU Council president – the most senior eurocrat representing individual countries’ concerns. And Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte immediately dismissed the Brussels boss as a “romantic”, suggesting that much of his controversial and highly federalist agenda will never come to pass.

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Revelation 13 New King James Version (NKJV) –
The Beast from the Sea: 13 Then I[a] stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,[b] and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

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October 4, 2017 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Macron’s ‘Intiative for Europe’: Is this France’s Moment to Take the Helm

Macron said he wanted to rule as a ‘Jupiter’, above the political fray. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

  • Macron’s ‘Intiative for Europe’: Is this France’s Moment to Take the Helm
    by https://www.wired-gov.net/
    In an interview with RUSI, Daniel Keohane, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, looks at French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for a reformed EU.

    RUSI
    : French President Emmanuel Macron last week gave his ‘Initiative for Europe’ speech that was hailed by some as ‘courageous’ for setting out a vision for the continent. What struck you most about this speech?
    Daniel Keohane: One has to bear in mind the context here. It’s not a secret that the past decade has been very difficult for the EU; the mixture of the economic crises, the new security challenges, Brexit and many other developments have made it a very difficult decade.


    And that’s why Macron’s speech sounds quite refreshing, even if some of the ideas he highlighted may be rather old; he is a leader of a major founding state of the EU and his passion and commitment should not be dismissed, for the tone of the debate also matters.

    We are all familiar with the ‘Blame Brussels Syndrome’, with which most of our politicians are afflicted. So it was quite striking for me when the French president kept reminding us what we had forgotten: that we are ‘Brussels’, that there has been a tendency in many European capitals to see the EU as foreign policy, when in fact, as Macron is suggesting, we should see it as our policy, that the EU belongs to us.

    RUSI
    : Macron’s vision for European security sees structures that do not come at the expense of NATO. Are his proposed European Defence Fund and the Permanent Structured Cooperation new ideas, or is it akin to pouring old wine into new bottles?
    DK: To some degree, this amounts to old wine in new bottles, but these are fancy new bottles, partly because of Macron’s own personality, but also because of the convergence of a number of factors. Macron is seizing the moment here, between Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump.


    Having said that, I find the mention of the European Defence Fund more interesting than the revival of the discussion about Permanent Structured Cooperation simply because, until very recently, the idea of the EU Commission spending any money on military research or helping member states to decide on questions of defence procurement was taboo.

    We are all familiar with the ‘Blame Brussels Syndrome’, with which most of our politicians are afflicted. So it was quite striking for me when the French president kept reminding us what we had forgotten: that we are ‘Brussels’

    The new effort is meant to supplement national spending, and that is useful, both for the EU but also for NATO, to which most of the EU countries also belong. Of course, we should not get too excited; the sums involved are very small in comparison to the aggregate figure of funds spent by EU member states on defence. Still, the idea is a good one: using some EU money to develop military capabilities through research.


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https://www.ft.com/content/493c0e66-9df7-11e7-9a86-4d5a475ba4c5

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October 4, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Emperor’ Macron Exploiting Merkel’s Election Shock to Become Next EU Leader

  • ‘Emperor’ Macron Exploiting Merkel’s Election Shock to Become Next EU Leader
    by CHARLOTTE DAVIS, http://www.express.co.uk/
    FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron has abused Angela Merkel’s underwhelming election result by pushing for France to lead a European Empire, a Paris-based journalist has claimed.

    Speaking to France 24, journalist Chris Dickey said that Mr Macron is the new EU leader as he replaces Germany’s Angela Merkel, following her shock election result last month.

    Greeted by laughter from the panel, Mr Dickey, a Foreign Editor at The Daily Beast, said: “We’re sitting here searching for a word as we’re having this conversation for what the role would be for what he would assume, and the word that keeps coming to my mind is emperor. “He’s clearly looking to do this not by conquest but through the conquest of ideas – by building up the economy of France, by stabilising it so it is not seen as a burden by the Germans, but more as an equal. “But by coming forth with these visionary ideas, when in fact you have this sense of Germany kind of in an intellectual mire.” 

    Mr Dickey referenced The Economist’s cover featuring Macron in the spotlight and Merkel slumped in the shadows on the stage. Mr Dickey said: “When The Economist is doing that, as conservative as it is, and not terribly pro-French, historically it’s pretty striking.” 

    France 24 journalist Douglas Herbert also said: “There is a vacancy free right now to assume that intellectual pulpit in the leadership pulpit in Europe, and as a leader, he might be the prime candidate for that.”

    In a keynote speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris, President Macron revealed his plan for a more integrated union, which is a role that Germany has maintained for years. His plans include shared eurozone budget alongside closer links between European voters and their institutions.

    President Macron also called for a shared border police, a joint defence force and budget, plus a Europe-wide carbon tax. 

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https://www.ft.com/content/493c0e66-9df7-11e7-9a86-4d5a475ba4c5

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/848367/macron-french-president-european-union-reforms-america-china-united-states

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October 3, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Macron Wants to Create a “Group for the Rebuilding of Europe” in the Coming Weeks

Macron wants to create “in the coming weeks” a “group for the rebuilding of Europe” with representatives from voluntary member states and from EU institutions. (Photo: Consilium)

  • Macron Wants to Create a “Group for the Rebuilding of Europe” in the Coming Weeks
    by , https://euobserver.com/
    Macron to sell EU plan in Tallinn
    French president Emmanuel Macron will start his campaign to convince fellow EU leaders to support his EU reform propoosals on Thursday (28 September).


    At an informal dinner in Tallinn, Estonia, Macron will explain to his colleagues how he wants his ideas, laid out in a speech on Tuesday, to become the basis for a roadmap that would be elaborated before next summer.

    On Tuesday, he said that he wanted to create “in the coming weeks” a so-called “group for the rebuilding of Europe”, with representatives from all interested member states and from EU institutions.

    Before the Tallinn dinner, which was organised ahead of an EU digital summit on Friday, Macron will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel, whose support will be necessary if his initiative is to take off.

    On Wednesday, Merkel’s spokesman said that she welcomed Macron’s proposals “with an open mind”, but that it was “too early for a detailed assessment”. “The chancellor welcomes the fact that the French president spoke with so much verve, with so much European passion, and that he presented a lot of substance for the upcoming and essential debate about the future of Europe,” Steffen Seibert said.

    Macron’s ideas did not come as a surprise to the chancellor, who had spoken twice with the French leader ahead of his speech on Tuesday. On Monday, she signalled that she would “not rule out anything or set red lines,” and that her christian-democrat CDU/CSU party would “support what makes sense”.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/17/eurozone-countries-united-states-europe-viviane-reding

Only 10 countries out of the 18 will form the “United States of Europe”. This is the endtimes 10 Horn Beast empire. Click on image for article.

http://www.voxeurop.eu/en/content/news-brief/2211991-10-countries-united-states-europe

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https://www.cchdaily.co.uk/ftt-across-10-eu-countries-inches-closer

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-ftt-progress-idUSKBN0TR19C20151208

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September 29, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

EU Superstate TAX PLOT: Hidden Plan for Europe-Wide National Insurance Card EXPOSED

  • EU Superstate TAX PLOT: Hidden Plan for Europe-Wide National Insurance Card EXPOSED
    by NICK GUTTERIDGE, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, http://www.express.co.uk/
    EUROCRATS are hatching plans to introduce an EU-wide social security number that could pave the way for Brussels to directly tax European citizens in the future, express.co.uk can reveal today.

    The EU Commission has drawn up proposals for its own version of the National Insurance number, which is used by governments to monitor those who are in work for tax purposes. The move would hand eurocrats an unprecedented database about people’s earnings and tax affairs and will raise further fears over the growing creep of an EU superstate.

    Critics today blasted the plans as “takeover, not trade” and said they demonstrated why it is crucial Britain carries on with Brexit and quits the bloc in 2019. 

    Plans for the new social security scheme are buried at the bottom of a dossier about Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposed new European Labour Authority, unveiled in his State of the Union address. The authority would be tasked with ensuring a level playing field across the EU in terms of pay and working conditions, and is a response to fears of wage undercutting by Eastern European workers.

    It was announced after new French president Emmanuel Macron put cracking down on abuses of free movement at the heart of his agenda as a way of winning back the support of people who voted for Marine Le Pen. 

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September 28, 2017 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thank Goodness for Brexit! Macron Calls for More EU Integration with Shared Military and Asylum Policies

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4922308/Emmanuel-Macron-calls-integrated-Europe.html

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/858987/Emmanuel-Macron-Paris-France-Sorbonne-EU-speech-Angela-Merkel

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September 28, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Which Europe Will It Be? Macron’s Strong Push for a Multi-Speed EU

  • FRANCE 24 English Published on Sep 26, 2017
    Emmanuel Macron didn’t just make the case for European unity – he spelled out the way to achieve it and offered a timeline. France’s 39-year-old president chose its oldest institution of higher learning, the Sorbonne, as the backdrop for his big pitch for a reinforced eurozone complete with its own budget, finance minister and even parliament. Is it a bold call that will set the post-Brexit agenda, or a hasty case of youthful exuberance that will go down like a lead balloon east of the Rhine?

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September 27, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Macron Lays Out Vision for ‘Profound’ Changes in Post-Brexit EU

  • Macron Lays Out Vision for ‘Profound’ Changes in Post-Brexit EU
    by  in Paris and  in Brussels, https://www.theguardian.com/international
    French president proposes deeper political integration but suggests UK ‘may one day find place’ in EU moving at different speeds.

    The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has set out his plans for a “profound transformation” of the EU with deeper political integration to win back the support of disgruntled citizens, but suggested a bloc moving forward at differing speeds could become somewhere the UK may “one day find its place again”.

    Macron, a staunchly pro-European centrist who came to power in May after beating the Front National’s Marine Le Pen, pleaded for the EU to return to its founders’ “visionary” ideas, which were born out of the disaster of two world wars.

    In what was hailed on Tuesday as one of the most pro-European speeches by an EU leader in years, he spoke up for common EU policies on defence, asylum and tax, called for the formation of European universities, and promised to play Ode to Joy, the EU anthem, at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

    He said time was running out for the EU to reinvent itself to counter the rise of far-right nationalism and “give Europe back to its citizens”. With Brexit looming, Macron warned the rest of Europe against the dangers of anti-immigrant nationalism and fragmentation. “We thought the past would not come back … We thought we had learned the lessons,” he told a crowd of European students at Sorbonne University in Paris.

    Days after a far-right party entered the German parliament for the first time in 70 years, Macron said an isolationist attitude had resurfaced “because of blindness … because we forgot to defend Europe. The Europe that we know is too slow, too weak, too ineffective”.

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September 27, 2017 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MACRON’S EU VISION: French President to Demand DEEPER Integration Despite German Chaos

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/858802/Emmanuel-Macron-Angela-Merkel-German-elections-France-EU

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http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/04/macron-announces-govern-like-jupiter-roman-king-gods/

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http://conservativetribune.com/liberal-promises-rule-like-a-god/

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September 26, 2017 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment