Democracy over Authoritarianism - Macron

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Democracy over Authoritarianism - Macron


STRASBOURG: French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday urged the EU to reform itself in order to offer better protection for its citizens in a world troubled by wars and authoritarian regimes.

The 40-year-old leader, who wants to play a key leadership role in the EU, outlined his vision for Europe's future in a speech at the Strasbourg-based European Parliament.

Macron said democracy was the "best chance" for the EU to fight against rising nationalism on the continent.

"Faced with authoritarianism, the answer is not democratic authoritarianism but the authority of democracy," he said.

Macron called for an energetic campaign for the European Parliament election in May 2019 as the EU also deals with the challenges of Britain's departure.

He told EU lawmakers it was important "to have a democratic, critical debate on what Europe is about".

Macron said citizens "want a new project" for the EU which addresses their concerns and fears in a world in which allies such as the US are turning their backs on multilateral trade and climate change pacts. …

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