US President Donald Trump admitted that there had been past difficulties in his relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, but said "right now it's outstanding". "It's been good sometimes and sometimes it hasn't been, but right now it's outstanding. So the relationship that we've had together has been really terrific and I appreciate it very much," Trump told Macron as they met for talks in northern France. Earlier Thursday, they led a ceremony to pay tribute to veterans of the D-Day landings in northern France on the 75th anniversary of the invasion that began the liberation of France and shaped the outcome of World War II. "We've had great success working together too," Trump added at the start of a working lunch with Macron, referring to joint US and French military actions against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. "Your military is excellent. My people report back, they say it's absolutely excellent. They work very well together," the US leader added. … [Read more...] about Trump says relations with Macron ‘outstanding’
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In a restaurant in northern Paris with European flags pinned to the walls, the former French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau warned female voters that the rise of the far right threatened their fundamental rights. “Marine Le Pen just met an Estonian interior minister who believes that childless women over 27 are a waste for society,” she said. Gasps of horror spread through the crowd. Abortion rights, she warned, could not yet be taken for granted in Europe: “Abortion is banned in Malta and restricted in Poland and the UK.” More gasps came in response to Northern Ireland’s laws. The French European election campaign has been defined by the president, Emmanuel Macron, as an existential fight between pro-European progressives and Eurosceptic, far-right nationalists. But women’s rights are the centrists’ latest battleground in a bid to persuade millions of abstainers to vote. “Women vote less than men in European elections,” warned … [Read more...] about Macron’s vision for Europe faces test in French EU elections
The controversial subject of the EU’s future plans for a common army provoked lively exchanges during the second Spitzenkandidaten debate on Thursday (2 May), just three weeks before the European polls. With security and defence likely to become one of the main priorities for the next European Commission, the most confrontational moment revolved around the question of whether the EU should pool its military resources. The idea has gained political momentum in recent months, floated by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, the issue exposed a rift along party lines, with both Verhofstadt and Weber speaking out in favour, while Timmermans and Keller voicing their opposition against the plans. Liberal Verhofstadt called for Europe’s armies to merge within five years. “The biggest waste of money in the European Union is the military, the way we organise it,” Verhostadt said. “We spend nearly half of the Americans, … [Read more...] about Spitzenkandidaten revive European army talk
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Sputnik: The European Parliament endorsed a provisional agreement reached by co-legislators on the future European Defence Fund (EDF) for the next budget period spanning 2021 to 2027. What is the significance of this agreement? Anneke de Laaf: When EU President Juncker first announced the creation of the European Defence Fund in his State of the Union speech in 2016, he spoke of an EU in an existential crisis. Remember, this was right after the Brexit vote. He worried about the lack of unity, the rise of 'populism' and fragmentation, but mostly about Europe's diminishing role on the world stage, in politics, technological innovation and the economy. © AFP 2019 / Petros KaradjiasEU Parl't Votes to Spend €13 Bln to Create ‘Disruptive’ Tech, Cutting-Edge WeaponsHe called for a long term vision and a positive agenda on concrete European actions, a.o. for "a Europe … [Read more...] about €13Bln EU Defence Fund: A Routine Move or Step Toward Creating European Army?