Macron says Syria strikes 'saved the honour of the global community'

Юнкер допустил возобновление войны на Балканах

French president Emmanuel Macron has called for to Europeans to build the European Union as a bulwark for liberal democracy.

Macron said he was concerned by the growing sense of "doubt" in several European countries in the wake of the shock 2016 Brexit vote, which he said was creating divisions in the EU.

He mentioned Brexit, criticizing those who took their countries out of the European Union to pursue fairytale "adventures".

"There seems to be a sort of European civil war at the moment where nationalism and egotism takes precedence over what brings us together", he said in a speech to MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

In his speech he condemned what he called "a fascination with the illiberal" in Europe.

"I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers, I don't want to belong to a generation that's forgotten its own past", Macron said.

Macron and Trump have grown close over the a year ago, and the French president's personal appeal is seen by advocates of the deal as its best hope of survival.


He was warmly welcomed by EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker who said "the real France is back", and received a standing ovation at the end of the debate - despite dissenting voices including from the far-left with regard France's military action in Syria, and from eurosceptics.

After the President's opening speech, outlining ambitious proposals to make the European Union more democratic, senior MEP Guy Verhofstadt strongly backed the military action, claiming a country that used chemical weapons was a "genocidal and illegitimate regime".

Macron, who is due to hold a working meeting with Merkel in Berlin on Thursday, is pushing hard for bold reforms to proof the 19-member currency bloc against any repeat of the crisis that took hold in 2009 and threatened to tear it apart. "I plan on ruining his lunch", Farage said.

The French president also claimed the true European political identity differed from that of "our American ally", which was "rejecting multilateralism, free trade and climate change".

"People say people don't want Europe".

"If there's no chance that we can fix it, I will recommend to the president that we will do our level best to work with our allies to achieve a better outcome and a better deal, even after May 12", Pompeo said. "I think all of this is terribly wrong".

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