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EU at war: Macron attacks European Parliament parties and calls for major reform

February 13, 2018 10:30 PM
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EU at war: Macron attacks European Parliament parties and calls for major reform

EMMANUEL Macron has declared war on the European Parliament and vowed to redraw the map of "ossified" EU politics by launching an initiative of European progressives for EU elections next year.

The French President said he would not waste too much of his time time on Brexit but want to shake up the parties that sit in Strasbourg.

Mr Macron ended France's traditional two-party system last year when he led his newly-formed centrist movement to power and is now calling for the same alliance of "reformists" to join forces at the European Parliament.

He spoke out after MEPs threw out a proposal he had backed for pan-EU lists of candidates for seats in the European Parliament.

Mr Macron said: “It shows there's an ossification and a willingness to defend party interests rather than democratic ones.”

The French President warned the party groupings in Strasbourg - including the conservative PPE and the Social-Democrats of the PES - no longer shared common values and were split between eurosceptics, populists, and progressives.

He said: “There are inside these political parties incoherences that block us.

Source: express.co.uk

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