Le Monde: alarming rhetoric was Makrona worried about Europe

Le Monde: тревожная реторика Макрона беспокоит страны Европы

That was in October of 2018, prior to the movement of the “yellow jackets” were still a few weeks. In other words, the presidency of Emmanuel Macron presented quite differently. He visited all countries of Europe, as promised. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic, he urged citizens and their leadership “not to miss the opportunity for conversation”, thus showing the example of their predecessors, which were often just not considered East (take Jacques Chirac and his famous tirade about the countries who “missed opportunity to remain silent” during the war in Iraq in 2003).Emmanuel Maron floated in the Wake of his success in the reform work of citizens in other EU countries, which managed to push through the many hours of debate and division in the enemy camp from the East after a memorable tour of Central Europe (he spent it in just a few months after the election). The head of state finally showed interest in this area, which the French elite have long ignored or even despised, that played into the hands of Germany.A year later, the situation has changed dramatically. Emmanuel macron, not only broke the big European tour due to urgent national problems, but also returned to much more traditional French foreign policy views on these countries. Made a few weeks statements had insulted the regional capital. First, in conversation with the publication, “Valeurs actuelles” on 31 October, the President criticized the immigration through “the secret Bulgarian or Ukrainian network” compared to “legal migrants from Guinea or côte d’ivoire. It reminded the old syndrome of the “Polish plumber” who makes to see every immigrant from the East, the factor of social dumping. Such words has caused serious anger in Sofia, moreover, that the Bulgarians are European citizens and can safely come to work in France without the need to use illicit channels.Serious osipovskogo days later, in an interview with the British magazine “The Economist” Emmanuel macron took over Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling the Balkan country “a time bomb” because of “returning jihadists”. The efficiency of the Bosnian state really leaves much to be desired, but it is not the potential return of jihadists from Syria. This is not to mention the fact that France faced exactly the same problem and not found a good solution. The argument caused a greater shock that the head of state used it to justify their October veto on the opening of negotiations on accession to the EU of two other Balkan countries: Albania and Northern Macedonia. In the East this refusal was seen as a new manifestation of the historical scepticism of France in relation to any extension to former Communist countries. “This is a serious bug which caused great disappointment in the region,” says Serbian political analyst Ivan Vejvoda.This is compounded by new Russian policy of Emmanuel Macron, who wants to “rethink our relationship” with Vladimir Putin and says NATO came “brain dead”, These words alarmed the majority of the countries of the East. Thus, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called them “dangerous” and defended “the world’s most important Alliance for the preservation of peace and freedom.” Although supporting trump Poland is not always promoted European unity, its position on NATO finds certain response from the neighbors.Across the region, only one leader was amenable to the words of Emmanuel Macron: Viktor Orban. “We need to develop our army,” — he said on November 14, promising that Hungary “will be able to ensure its own security by 2026”. The French President openly hinted that he expects the Hungarian Prime Minister to overcome the resistance of Poland.Disturbing ritarikunta during the campaign before the may European elections Emmanuel macron called Orban and other “liberal” leaders of their main opponents, the two leaders formed a kind of Alliance. “We are talking about the alarming rhetoric and astonishing turn towards Russia and Hungary” — is dissatisfied with the Vienna expert on Central Europe Paul Lendvai (Paul Lendvai). In October, the Hungarian Prime Minister took at the Elysee Palace, which has not happened since 2010. That, in turn, behaves in a conciliatory towards the President of France, moving away from attacks since the election to the European Parliament. As for expansion, Viktor Orban took note of the failure of Emmanuel Macron, and even stated that he would “open a new era”.Orban is known for his Pro-Russian stance: Vladimir Putin is often in Budapest, Moscow expands the local nuclear power plant and opened in the Hungarian capital, the investment Bank with immunity for its employees. In addition, the Hungarian Prime Minister plays the role of troublemaker in the Balkans: he gave the former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevska refuge from prosecution in the homeland, and supports close to his nationalist lines of political education and the media.Against the background of these strategic decisions and provocative statements, the new “Eastern policy” of France in Central Europe can turn back to those who dreamt of liberal ideals of Emmanuel Macron.