The Global Pact on Migration, or The Birth of an Official Truth

The Global Pact on Migration, or The Birth of an Official Truth

«Le “pacte mondial” sur les migrations, ou comment naît une vérité officielle»
LE FIGARO/TRIBUNE, 14th November 2018.
A text dealing with immigration is being drafted within the framework of the United Nations. Cloaked in fine sentiments, it is in reality a means of exerting moral pressure on Western countries, argues the law historian Jean-Louis Harouel, Professor Emeritus at the University Paris-II Panthéon-Assas. Jean-Louis Harouel has published a notable essay, “Human Rights vs. the People” (Les Droits de l’homme contre le peuple, Desclée de Brouwer, 2016).

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Macron in Athens

Macron in Athens

2018-00-00 widgets.001What 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”