Posts tagged as Macron

Questions for the European Dependencies

By Fred Reed on Friday, October 2, 2020

This admirable column gets a modest trickle of mail from European readers, for some reason chiefly in France and Italy but some from the Nordic realms. While these correspondents are intelligent and thoughtful, and sometimes translate my maunderings into their languages, they do not give a comprehensive view of what Europe thinks of the United States—the populations, I mean, not the politicians, who think what will profit them, but actual…

Macron’s Lithuanian charm offensive

Friday, October 2, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron came to town. After a 19-year break, he became the first French leader to embark on an  official state visit   to Lithuania. Many in the country still remember the “missed a great opportunity to shut up”  statement by his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, back in 2003. On Monday, the French leader came bearing gifts (a book by Romain Gary for his Lithuanian counterpart Nausėda) and a  new…

French President Emmanuel Macron concludes his visit to Latvia

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron continued his two-day visit to Latvia September 30 with a busy day scheduled. First on the running order was a press conference with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, which can be viewed below. The pair had been due to discuss “topical issues of the European Union and external relations.” Speaking in French initially, Kariņš talked up the opportunities for “many synergies” between French and Latvian businesses in the…

Macron’s approach to Russia ‘realistic’, but may be disappointed, Lithuanian president says

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron’s approach to relations with Russia is “realistic”, the Lithuanian president has said, but he might be disappointed if the strategic dialogue does not pan out. Macron and his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda visited French troops stationed in Rukla on Tuesday afternoon, a culmination of the French president’s two-day visit in Lithuania. “He’s a realist and he really looks at Russia with open eyes, but in this…

We should start dialogue with Russia – Macron

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We are not naive, but we should start a dialogue with Russia in order to find solutions when it is necessary, said French President Emmanual Macron in a press conference during his visit to Riga last night. He said that it is necessary to develop a strategic dialogue with Russia. Macron emphasized that dialogue with the neighboring country is not detrimental to European history, stressing the need to look ahead.…

France’s President Macron comes to Latvia

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to arrive in Latvia September 29 for a two day visit. It   will be the first bilateral visit of a French President to Latvia since President Jacques Chirac’s official visit in 2001. Macron and wife Brigitte will be welcomed to Rīga Castle at 18:15 by President Egils Levits, after which the two heads of state will give statements to the press at around 18:35, prior to…

Macron in Lithuania: search for allies, dialogue with Putin, turning point in Belarus

Monday, September 28, 2020

French President Emanuel Macron arrives in Lithuania on Monday – the first French leader to visit the country in 19 years. LRT.lt gives an overview of the main issues surrounding the visit. “France wants to demonstrate solidarity with the Baltic states. […] It is an opportunity for the French press to explain the relationship between France and the Baltics,” Tara Varma, head of the Paris office of the European Council…

Macron’s Russia dialogue to be tested on Baltic trip

Monday, September 28, 2020

When French President Emmanuel Macron flies to Lithuania on Monday for a three-day trip to the Baltics, he will be heading to the frontline of skepticism toward his Russia strategy. His trip, which will also include a visit to Latvia, comes at a particularly tense time between the EU and Moscow. Although the visit was scheduled long before protests erupted in neighboring Belarus, and before the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny (which…

French President Macron to visit Lithuania this month

Thursday, September 10, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to visit Lithuania on September28–29, well-informed sources told BNS. France has  deployed several hundred troops to the German-led multinational NATO battalion in Lithuania, and has also taken part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. Meanwhile, Lithuania has  sent additional troops to Mali in response to France’s request. However, the position on Russia differs in Lithuania and France. Vilnius urges the West to take a tougher stance…

Macron and Merkel call Putin over Syria

Friday, February 21, 2020

As hundreds of thousands are displaced in bloody Idlib offensive, leaders talk, but do little else. It may not be an EU army, but at least France and Germany can still team up to dial a phone. The situation in Idlib, in the northwest of Syria, is so catastrophic that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel broke away from the extraordinary European Council budget summit in Brussels…