Macron unveils plan for 'European renaissance' ahead of key EU vote

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Calling the Brexit vote a symbol of the "European trap", which he claimed was caused by lies and irresponsibility, the French president wrote, "We can not let nationalists without solutions exploit the people's anger".

Criticising his self-identity as a European leader first and French second, Morano said: "This is Macronism - France has to disappear into this European federalism".

"Brexit stands as the symbol of that".

He said that the UK's decision to leave the European Union symbolised a crisis in which the European Union was failing to respond to "its peoples' needs for protection from the major shocks of the modern World".

"Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future?" he asks.

"This is why I am calling on all those who care about the EU, to cooperate closely during and after the European elections", he added. Who mentioned the risks to peace in Ireland of restoring the former border?

He also lists a series of moves that the European Union could undertake to defend itself and reach its future goals.

He also proposes penalties for multinational companies that breach European values over tax payment, the environment and data protection and to favour European businesses in strategic sectors.

He called for a "European democratic protection agency" that would protect elections in each European member state from "cyber-attacks" and "manipulation".

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The establishment of the European Council for Internal Security.

Macron suggested Europe should also share a common border force, along with a joint office for dealing with asylum demands.

The establishment of the European Climate Bank.

Mr Macron called for a "conference for Europe", and suggested that a similar process to his national "Grand Débat" should be extended to the whole of the EU.

To head off popular discontent, he raised the idea of a European minimum salary, "a social shield for all workers, east to west and north to south, guaranteeing the same pay in the same workplace, and a minimum European wage appropriate to each country and discussed collectively every year".

A conference for Europe.

A montage of the front page of The Guardian newspapers and the letter written by French president Emmanuel Macron that appeared inside on Tuesday March 5, 2019.

"In the details, of course, we have differences of views, but far more important than these differing opinions is that this initiative be a good start to a serious and constructive dialogue on the future of Europe", he said.

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