Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, has called on the European Union to renew its commitment to democracy, evaluating that «there seems to be a European civil war» between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism.
British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Tuesday, April 18, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Macron stated: «I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past. (..) I want to belong to a generation that will defend European sovereignty because we fought to obtain it».
National conservative populists have dominated in recent parliamentary elections in states like Hungary and Italy on an anti-immigrant platform amid the continuing EU migrant crisis.
The French President also proposed to set up a new European fund to help communities that accept migrants and noted France would be willing to pay more into the EU budget to fill the financial gap to be created by the departure of the UK.