The sanctimonious shades of Hillary visit the Boy President in his undisturbed and righteous sleep. In his waking hours, bombast and the acquired high moral tone of the investment-banker-turned-statesman, replace the gravitas of office. The Basket of American Deplorables has been restocked with the Populist Lepers of Italy — and by extension, also with those of the United States, who elected Donald Trump. Since Trump failed to deliver on the promise of their recent public amour, the Boy President evidently now feels free to make a bonfire of all the lepers everywhere. #LeGarçonPrésident shows his hand, stooping even to conjure the ghost of Nazism from the new Italian government’s defensive actions, taken against a migratory tide that is aided and abetted by some of the NGOs.
LE FIGARO : The countries of Central Europe will boycott the summit meeting on the migration crisis set for Sunday (24th June) in Brussels.
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What can one make of this speech of President Macron’s in Athens, on the 7th September? Clearing the bar of abject banality by no more than a whisker, it threatens to set a criterion for the next five years. One thing at least is clear: Macron is perfectly happy to make enemies of presidents Juncker and Tajani, of the European Commission and Parliament respectively, by threatening their prestige. And what should Mutti think? Had the speech been given on the floor of the Bundestag instead of al fresco in Athens, its Teutonic length would have been called into question even by the Empress of Europe.
Macron and Merkel appear to suffer from different strains of utopian delusion. Although at opposite ends of their political careers, both have had apotheosis cast upon them. We are in for a bruising time, then, as matriarch and upstart negotiate the paths of their respective, improbable, and dissonant agendas. Macron is for the siphoning of power from the member-nations into the super-nation, that is, from Berlin to Brussels. No can do. His proposals, as outlined in the speech, sound academic and corny at best: not the best marks of statesmanship.
The speech from the Pnyx is best taken, if taken at all, at a gallop. It is turgid and repetitive, rambling and at times incoherent, although by no means devoid of content. It has been translated by The Europeans from LREM’s transcript, with a clenched-teeth determination. Why? Because a ‘Macron baseline’ would be useful, if only to judge the development of his rhetoric over the next five years. Continue reading “Macron in Athens”
Emmanuel Macron is likely to be the winner by default in the second round of the French presidential elections on May 7th. When the Paris bourgeois-bohèmes look into the mirror, they see him — and vote accordingly. Promises to remember The Great Forgotten of globalisation are casual humbug…
FIGAROVOX : Populism is driven by the Forgotten. Their interests are a thousand miles from the pan-European and globalist project of Emmanuel Macron. Continue reading “The Man In The Mirror”
Emmanuel Macron, French presidential candidate for the movement En Marche!, former investment banker and Minister for the Economy, professing to be neither of the Left nor the Right, has picked up the stale scent of François Hollande’s winning metaphysical prejudice that France is an ‘idea’, and does not constitute an ‘identity’. Continue reading “Candidate Macron”