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Status: 08.07.2024 00:01

With his technique of calling early elections, the French president virtually misjudged the state of affairs. Now it’s Chancellor Scholz's flip to interchange the weakened Macron because the European chief.

Michael Strempel

It have to be thought of a hit that the worst was prevented in France as we speak. It is stunning how clearly the French have opposed the right-wing extremist Rassemblement National coming to energy on this turbulent environment. This means that there’s a likelihood that France will stay on a pro-European course and thus our most vital associate within the EU.

Nevertheless, this associate was needlessly weakened by an autocratic president. Macron believed that he needed to prescribe political shock remedy to his nation with the brand new elections with a view to rally the dissatisfied French behind him once more. Instead, his personal social gathering has now shrunk considerably.

The finish of the democratic monarch

Macron is a president and not using a majority in parliament. He has broken himself because the European chief he at all times wished to be. Now he should hope for the willingness of the reasonable left to cooperate if he needs to realize something politically. He ought to urgently abandon his conceited concept of ​​the president as a democratically elected monarch. The French have given him a transparent testimony to this.

Scholz as the brand new chief?

For the German Chancellor, the election in France implies that the pro-European forces within the EU shall be placing much more hope in him as a information. So far, he has hardly lived as much as these hopes. But the emergency might also have a revitalizing impact on a temperament like that of Olaf Scholz.

Anyone who nonetheless believes in a united Europe should need it. Otherwise, it is just a matter of time earlier than the nationalists dismantle the EU and render it meaningless. Vladimir Putin is simply ready for that to occur.