Emmanuel Macron to pose ‘real challenge’ to EU as France on collision course with Germany

Macron: Jonathan Fryer reveals ‘real challenge’ for EU

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Political commentators Jonathan Fryer and George Galloway analysed the differing approaches of France and Germany. Mr Fryer stated that Emmanuel Macron will have difficulty getting re-elected as the President of France. 

Mr Galloway asked: “Will German and French policy always be in line?”

Mr Fryer replied: “I don’t think they will, no, largely because French foreign policy is increasingly assertive in large parts of Africa and other parts of the world.

“It is veering away from the German approach which is much more neutral.

“They do not get indirectly involved in situations.

“So I think it is going to be a real challenge, particularly if Macron stays for another term as President.”

Mr Galloway said: “Do you think he will?”

Mr Fryer responded: “I think he is going to find it difficult to win the election next time.”

Earlier this week Michel Barnier warned President Macron that Frexit could happen if the same “sentiments” that played a role in Brexit are left unaddressed in France.

Brexit: Barnier warns of ‘feelings of not being protected’

Mr Barnier has stressed the importance of other European countries within the trading bloc to learn from Brexit in order to prevent growing unrest within their state.

He added that it is not too late for EU nations to examine why some of their population choose to reject Brussels. 

Mr Barnier said: “Let me tell you, as the politician who I always was and will remain I recommend that we spend some time to understand why Brexit happened.

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“Perhaps it’s too late to ask this question to the British, it’s not too late for us and for other European countries why there was this rejection of Brussels, of the European Union and maybe of globalization and its consequences.

“In many poor or troubled regions of the United Kingdom where industry has disappeared, it exists here – less public service, feelings of not being protected.

“This popular sentiment is not populism, it is a popular sentiment that I recommend listening to.”

Mr Barnier was instrumental in negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union as he represented that training bloc throughout the negotiations. 

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