Mess in France

Macron’s messy yellow France cannot lead the EU

Given the mess Macron has at home, he is far from an ideal leader.

Last weekend, France witnessed yet another yellow vests’ protests and even though it may seem like a domestic issue, it affects us as well. We are also a member of the EU, and as such we have every right to comment on what is going on in France. The problem is that Macron prefers a diarchy and wants to steer (or at least shape) the EU alone, with Germany.

In a simplified way we can say that a large part of the French has been applauding so long for the road to socialism that their hands have become painful. The pivotal question, then, is whether a country governed by the "Macron-Holland" governments should be tolerated or allowed to try to manage and determinate the fate of the entire European Union.

According to the commentator and analyst Martin Manak, the answer is a clear NO. If a country cannot properly manage public policy at home, then it can hardly manage it as a leader at the European level. "Macron does, to a significant extent, only reap what his predecessors have sowed. But it does not change anything," Maňák writes.

The only thing France is champion of is the number of nuclear weapons and the world football championship. Otherwise, it suffers from an enormous debt of 97 percent of GDP, weak economic growth and all-pervading state expansion into different areas.

It is absurd that, in this situation, France is lecturing, instructing or even forcing its political model to anyone. Still, it is happening, or at least France is trying hard.

It is obvious that Macron (as well as his predecessors) is being captured by the illusion of France's trusteeship and leadership role in Europe. Stormy yellow vest protests, held literally a few yards from Macron's presidency seat, show that his home turf is burning under his feet. And all this due to the long-term economic-political mismanagement of the French government.

Those states of the European Union that have not yet lost the last remnants of self-preservation instincts should bear it in mind and face France's leadership efforts together, Maňák recommends. In this respect, the gradual strengthening of the Visegrad Group raises hope.

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