Emmanuel Macron has had a shock after voters across the EU state they “do not want people in Brussels making those decisions” regarding the EU army and a bloc-wide foreign policy.
Following the rejection of the AUKUS security treaty last month, Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his plans for a European Union army. In September, Australia cancelled a £45 billion contract for diesel-powered French submarines and instead joined the AUKUS security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom.
In response, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Europe must stop being foolish when it comes to defending its interests and must develop its own military capabilities. However, Damian Wilson, a former European Parliament communications advisor, claimed on RT’s Crosstalk that this was “never going to happen.”
“It is never going to happen,” he explained. “It is never what the EU was about.”
“The European people do not want people in Brussels to be making their foreign policy decisions.”
“You only have to see when Ursula von der Leyden shows up at the G7 summits, and she sits on the sidelines, almost like a bridesmaid.”
“They look a little bit lost. They are not wanted on that stage.”
“There is no common European foreign policy, end of story,” said Donald Sassoon, a London-based comparative European history professor.
“In order for there to be one, you need to work with 27 member states, and each has a different electorate.”
“The degree of Euroscepticism has increased enormously in the last 20 years.”
“Italy, which was the most pro-European country in the EU, their leading parties are now eurosceptic.”
“Marine Le Pen in France has nearly fifty percent of the vote, and she is also eurosceptic.”
“And of course, Poland and Hungary. They are not dying to have a common foreign policy.”
Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister of Denmark, is one of the first EU leaders to criticise President Macron’s intentions publicly. She stated that she would “go up against those who try to undermine transatlantic cooperation” if any suggestions for an EU military force are made.
President Macron has attempted to persuade other EU members to support his proposals for an EU force. He is eager to seize leadership of the EU as Angela Merkel, the EU’s erstwhile power broker prepares to retire from politics.
“The Europeans must stop being naive.,” the French president recently declared.
“When we are under pressure from powers, which at times harden their stance, we need to react and show that we have the power and capacity to defend ourselves.”
Officials are set to propose a draught proposal for a “first-entry force” in November, with other prominent EU leaders advocating for a unit of up to 20,000 troops capable of fast deploying around the globe.