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World Presidency of the EU during the campaign: asset or disadvantage for Macron?

01:04  10 december  2021
01:04  10 december  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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French President Emmanuel Macron detailed his priorities for the presidency of the Council of the EU | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images. Macron chose to start off his hour-long presentation at the Elysée Palace in Paris with an ambitious — some might say mission impossible — initiative to reform the functioning of the visa-free Schengen travel zone and “move the European migration package forward.” Never mind that on the last point European leaders have failed to make progress on these issues for at least the last eight rotating presidencies , it makes domestic political sense in France.

Macron wants the EU presidency to strengthen the regulation of internet giants, advance towards a “social Europe ” through adoption of a minimum wage system, elaborate a new European immigration policy and establish a carbon tax on Europe ’s borders. These priorities mesh with French domestic preoccupations. “A lot of us believed that Macron would be a great pro- European leader,” an Italian diplomat told Le Monde. “They rapidly realised that he was above all French.” Macron ’s battle against “illiberalism” in Hungary and Poland transposes his confrontation with the extreme right in France onto

À partir du 1er janvier 2022, la France présidera l’Union européenne pour une durée de six mois. Une présidence qui intervient en plein milieu de la campagne présidentielle et qui pourrait peut-être bien desservir le chef de l’État. Les invités de © Ludovic Marin / Pool / AFP As of January 1, 2022, France will preside over the European Union for a period of six months. A presidency that intervenes in the middle of the presidential campaign and perhaps could well serve the head of state. The guests of "Punchline" debated it.

by presenting Thursday, at a press conference at the Elysee, its ambitious priorities for the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) which starts on January 1, Emmanuel Macron S ' is affirmed leader of Europe with a slogan: "relaunch, power, belonging". A mandate of a semester to pulse a new European model, but that does not fall at the right time according to the guests of Punchline Thursday.

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FILE: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. - Copyright Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP. French President Emmanuel Macron is unveiling the priorities for France's upcoming presidency of the European Union at a press conference on Thursday. The six-month tenure, due to start on January 1, overlaps with the country's presidential election. Macron told reporters that the French presidency will aim to "move to a powerful Europe in the world, a fully sovereign Europe , free of its choices and able

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a news conference on France assuming EU presidency , in Paris, France, December 9, 2021. PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday a carbon border adjustment mechanism would be central to the European Union 's climate transition strategy. Macron also told a press conference that France would use its rotating presidency of the European Council in the first half of 2022 to advance work towards banning imports of soya, coffee, timber and cacao that cause deforestation.

The fear of the image of a president "a little off-soil"

a more sovereign Europe, who masters his external borders , such is the wish of Emmanuel Macron. "Ensure that this presidency is useful, that it allows Europe to assert itself as a power and regain control of its destiny," he said.

It is an ambitious program that poses a problem, the date of this Presidency. "On the side of the relatives of the President of the Republic, one was convinced that this Presidency of the Council of EU Member States was an interesting opportunity in this presidential period," says Karim Zeribi, CNEWS consultant. But "it can on the contrary give the image of a president a little off-soil and disconnected from the daily concerns of the French," he continued.

Emmanuel Macron invokes the "stability" in the Gulf for his meeting with Mohamed Ben Salmane

 Emmanuel Macron invokes the © Sarah Meyssonnier / Reuters The Head of State French, Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee on December 1, 2021. the head of the State pursues its displacement in the Gulf countries this Saturday, December 4th. After Qatar, Emmanuel Macron stops in Saudi Arabia where he must meet the Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salmane. Meeting, in particular because of charges against "MBS" for its role played in the assassination of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

European diplomats say finding compromises to those divisions during the French EU presidency is likely to prove even more difficult given that the usual six-month mandate will be overshadowed by the French presidential elections. For Macron , appearing to act on migration is important given that conservative and far-right parties will seek to focus part of the debate on the migrant issue, something on which he is deemed weaker. With some 22,000 migrants crossing the Channel this year, Macron also said there was a problem between London and Paris.

Emmanuel Macron began to spoil his own Thursday press conference on Europe . The Head of State indeed described Monday evening the three axes of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union , during a debate for the 25 years of the Jacques Delors Institute. The vaccination of Europeans is the best example of the effectiveness of Europe , he further hammered. “Be nationalists, you Hungarians, be Polish or French nationalists, you would not be vaccinated, or imperfectly.

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"To be President of Europe, France, and candidate, not sure that it is tenable"

if Emmanuel Macron has not yet declared a candidate for the election , he will have, if so, reconcile Presidency of the Council of the EU and presidential campaign. "This French presidency, we did not choose the calendar," said the head of state. Asked about this, he assures that he will reconcile the two.

"We know that it is a specialist of 'at the same time' but already, to be president and at the same time candidate, it's a lot of work. But president of Europe, president of France and at the same time candidate Not sure that it is tenable ", commented Eugenie Bastié, journalist in Le Figaro newspaper.

"The European authorities are worried about the agenda responsible for Macron

Chair the EU Council amounting to the service of Europe for six months. When a state ensures this presidency, it is responsible for organizing and chairing all the meetings of the EU Council. Obligations that could scan the agenda of Emmanuel Macron. "European authorities are worried", assures Eugenie Bastié. "It's implausible! There are 27 countries anyway, I think we could have found a country that has no election in the next six months," she insisted.

The Presidency of the EU Council now has two faces for Emmanuel Macron: that of a map to play in drawing the future of Europe and that of a spine, come to set up in the political calendar at the wrong time . But the President of the Republic claims high and strong: "The mandate of the French and French, I will practice until the last quarter of an hour".

Macron defends his balance sheet and project themselves in the future .
Emmanuel Macron defended Wednesday on TF1 and LCI the assessment of his five-year old, leaving his desire to stay at the Elysée five years more, without however formalizing his candidacy . © @ Economic reforms at COVID-19 via the "yellow vests", Emmanuel Macron defended Wednesday on TF1 and LCI the balance sheet of his five-year, leaving his desire to stay at the Elysee five years In addition, without formalizing his application.

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