MACRON MAKES WAVES IN EUROPE

MACRON MAKES WAVES IN EUROPE

Since French President Emanuel Macron came to power as a Eurocentric change agent, he has passionately advocated for a stronger Europe and consistently pushed for a greater centralization of European power. In a recent interview, Mr. Macron claimed that lack of U.S. leadership is causing “the ‘brain death’ of NATO” (Deutsche Welle, November 7, 2019). In Germany, both Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas have responded negatively to Mr. Macron’s comments, arguing instead for a strong NATO to play a continuing role in European defense.

However, Mr. Macron’s comments and his efforts to advance a European superstate are pushing the Europeans to view the European Union as a world leader, less dependent on the United States (Financial Times, November 10, 2019). Mr. Macron’s aggressive comments—certainly not embraced by all Europeans—are intended to bring about a response from his counterparts (European Council on Foreign Relations, November 8, 2019).

It is both interesting and significant that the two world leaders putting the greatest pressure on Europe to centralize, militarize, and become a more unified force are U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Macron— leaders from nations the Bible shows to be intimately connected to biblical Israel.

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