In Brussels, Macron strives to restrict the decline of French affect | EUROtoday

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Between denial and perseverance, Valérie Hayer achieved her targets. After the poor efficiency of the Macronists, of which she was the top of the checklist within the European elections, on June 9, the MEP was reappointed as president of the liberal Renew group within the Parliament of Strasbourg, Tuesday June 25. For fifteen days, she fought to maintain this place, which she has held since, in January, her predecessor Stéphane Séjourné was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Within the centrist group, the place the French delegation stays the biggest, the liberal wing of the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals for Europe (ALDE), which brings collectively a big majority of the troops, contested its renewal. But Sophie Wilmès, the previous Belgian Prime Minister, who joined the benches of the Strasbourg Hemicycle and whose candidacy was even supported by Paris, didn’t wish to commit immediately.

For a time, Portuguese elected official Joao Cotrim Figueiredo thought of operating towards Valérie Hayer, however, discovering on Monday that he didn’t have the required assist, he lastly gave up. Valérie Hayer was capable of persuade sure delegations to remain by her facet. Others, just like the Slovaks and the Dutch of D66, judged its potential competitor too right-wing. “The Irish will probably obtain the first vice-presidency of the group”provides a Macronist supply.

In minority within the European Council

In Paris, whereas polls predict a surge of the far proper within the early legislative elections of June 30 and July 7, we welcome the victory of Valérie Hayer. Emmanuel Macron, dropping affect in the neighborhood sphere, wished the group to stay led by a Frenchman. The presidents of the Christian Democrats of the European People's Party (EPP), the Social Democrats (S&D) and Renew – the parliamentary majority on which the Commission ought to rely to cross its legislative initiatives – are, in reality, the interlocutors pure assets of the neighborhood government.

After having largely influenced the European agenda since 2019, France is aware of that the upcoming legislature can solely be much less favorable to it. At the European Council desk, the place twelve of the twenty-seven heads of state and authorities belong to the EPP and the place the Dutchman Mark Rutte and the Belgian Alexandre de Croo are leaving, the French president is immediately largely within the minority .

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In the European Parliament, the Renew group has misplaced elected representatives – it now has 74 out of a complete of 720, in comparison with 103 earlier than June 9 – and, inside it, the French are solely 13, in comparison with twenty-three within the earlier legislature. Worse, the place Renew was the third group within the European Parliament, it was overtaken by the sovereignist proper of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), dominated by Fratelli d'Italia, the post-fascist get together of the president of the Italian council, Giorgia Meloni. “We are weakened, in a Parliament where the barycenter is further to the right and where the extreme right has progressed”summarizes a European diplomat.

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