During the year the tone of the statements of Emmanuel Macron to the countries of Eastern Europe changed from a PEP into a pejorative, says Le Monde. As says the publication, today Makron adopted his manner of his predecessors neglect of the region, seeing it as a threat to the future of the EU.
ReutersВ October 2018, a few weeks before the beginning of the protests of the yellow jackets, the tone of Emmanuel Macron towards Eastern Europe is strikingly different from the tone of his predecessors, often neglected this part of the continent, says the correspondent of Le Monde in Vienna, Jean-Baptiste Chastang.
Thus, in contrast to Jacques Chirac, panagsama Eastern Europe over the “missed opportunity to remain silent” on the issue of the war in Iraq, macron called on citizens of the Czech Republic and Slovakia “do not miss the opportunity to speak”. Then the French leader has enjoyed the fruits of success of the initiated reform of the Directive on the free movement of workers, indicating their interest in the region, which for a long time was not interested and even aroused the contempt of the French elites.
A year later, the situation has changed dramatically, the author notes. Macron not only was forced to interrupt his European tour due to emergency circumstances at home, he also returned to much more traditional for the French views on foreign policy. Over the past few weeks with his statements, he repeatedly offended the leaders of the countries of the region.
First, in an interview with the weekly Valeurs actuelles, the head of France criticized the immigration to the EU through the “illegal Ukrainian and Bulgarian gangs”, noting that he prefers legal immigrants from Guinea and côte D’ivoire. Thus the President “has adopted the old French syndrome “Polish plumber”, when every migrant from the East is seen as a factor of social damping”. This categorical statement has caused indignation of Sophia, considering that Bulgarians, as EU citizens can work in France legally.
A few days later, in an interview with the Economist macron criticized in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Balkan calling it a “ticking time bomb” because of the problem of repatriation of the Syrian jihadists. Indeed, the Bosnian government largely dysfunctional, but the problem is not the return of militants from Syria, the author notes, adding that the same problem of not having ready solutions, today faces France. Even more shocking Eastern Europe use this argument to justify its veto on the opening of the procedure of accession to the North Macedonia to the EU. This refusal was regarded as an expression of historical skepticism of France in respect to EU enlargement by former Communist countries, says the publication.
To the above you can add a new policy and Rules against Moscow, to which he wants to “rethink” and his statements about “brain death” NATO, caused indignation in the East of Europe. The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki called the words of the French leader’s threat, stressing that NATO is “the world’s most important Alliance for peace and freedom.” As the newspaper notes, the neighbours of Poland in the region supported this position.
Was in the region and one leader, relatively favorably embraced the words of the Makron — the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban. “We need to develop our own army,” he said November 14. In turn, macron made it clear that counting on the help of Orban in beliefs indecisive Poland. If during the preparation for the elections to the European Parliament macron made the head of Hungary along with other illiberal leaders as its main enemy, today the heads of the two States formed a kind of Alliance, says the journalist. In October, the head of the Hungarian government was adopted at the Elysee Palace for the first time since 2010.
As the author concludes, maneuvering between strategic choice and prerogative statements by the French leader with his new Eastern policy in danger of turning back to those in the region who dreamed of the liberal ideals of the Macron.