France's Macron makes pro-European plea before European Union elections

'Brexit is the symbol of Europe's crisis': Macron outlines vision for EU's future

'Brexit is the symbol of Europe's crisis': Macron outlines vision for EU's future

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".

On the restriction and regulation of the internet, Macron wrote "We should have European rules banish all incitements to hate and violence" online, comments that come just weeks after the French leader suggested anyone convicted of "hate speech" online could be banned from all social media for life.

Ahead of elections to the European Parliament in May, French President Emmanuel Macron has written an opinion piece in newspapers in all 28 EU countries in a bid to halt the rising popularity of nationalist and Eurosceptic parties in Europe.

The European Commission is welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron's appeal for a "European renaissance", though it says it has already been working for years on numerous ideas he raised. In a spirited defense of the European Union (EU), Macron added, "We can not let nationalists without solutions exploit the people's anger".

"This could mark the beginning of a serious European debate", Orban said in a statement sent to Reuters by email.

'Brexit is the symbol of Europe's crisis': Macron outlines vision for EU's future
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But with populism on the rise across Europe, and several member states now led by right-wing Euroskeptic parties, it's unlikely that Macron's bold plea will have quite the influence he intended.

"A European agency for the protection of democracies would provide European experts to each member state to protect its electoral process against cyber-attacks and manipulation", he suggested. "We need to reform our competition policy and reshape our trade policy with penalties or a ban in Europe on businesses that compromise our strategic interests and fundamental values such as environmental standards, data protection and fair payment of taxes". "Yet never has Europe been in so much danger".

In recent weeks, the Hungarian government has been waging a media campaign against European Union leaders and their supposedly pro-immigration position. He said that "that will worsen the crisis of the European Union".

He said the decision of the British people to leave the bloc showed the European Union had failed to meet their expectations, but he also lamented the fact that voters had been lied to by those leading the charge to leave. Last year, both Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation carried out the largest military exercises since the Cold War and, in Russia's case, since World War II.

The French opposition criticized Macron's tribune on Tuesday. "In this Europe, the United Kingdom will - I am sure - find its place".

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