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EM Germany Newsletter CW 17/2022 | France votes for Europe

Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected and also the outcome of the parliamentary elections in Slovenia is encouraging.  But the concern remains. The polarisation in the French election campaign was palpable and so this presidential election was again a decisive moment for Europe.

After Brexit, Trump’s election, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU just has narrowly avoided a fourth political shock moment. Le Pen’s closeness to Putin and media reports that she had received millions of euros in loans from Russian banks alone had made European cooperation in the Ukraine war almost impossible.

However, there is no time for another five years of restraint vis-à-vis France. Germany and France must fill the Treaty of Aachen with life in the European sense and strengthen the resilience of the EU as a project of democracy and freedom against external influence. On this path, both member states should become drivers for a deepening of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and at the same time remain jointly open to majorities outside Paris and Berlin. In addition, we need open dialogue on a reform of the Stability and Growth Pact that unites all interests with a European view and strengthens the EU as a whole for the future. 

At the same time, it is up to democratic associations and federations to further strengthen the Franco-German friendship. EM Germany works closely with our French sister federation as well as the foreign offices of our member organisations in France. Our new concept for strengthening European public diplomacy is our compass. 

Because transnational dialogue among social forces is more important than ever in these times.


Dr. Linn Selle

PresidentEuropean Movement Germany

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