PARIS — European leaders rushed to congratulate French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday after winning a second term in office after an election that presented two radically opposed visions of the EU.
EU Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen quickly applauded Macron and linked the 44-year-old’s re-election to the future of the bloc. “In these turbulent times, we need a solid Europe and a France fully committed to a more sovereign and strategic European Union,” said Michel wrote on twitter. “Together we are moving France and Europe forward,” said von der Leyen added.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz was one of the first national leaders to congratulate Macron. saying that the election result “sends a strong commitment to Europe” – while Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the result was “wonderful news” for the entire continent. The French President will travel to Berlin to meet Scholz for his first post-election visit, sources say Le Mondelike he did in 2017.
Macron won 58.5 percent of the vote in Sunday’s crucial second round of the French presidential election, while his opponent, the far-right Marine Le Pen, received 41.5 percent.
As one of Europe’s fiercest advocates, Macron placed a stronger, more independent EU – and the bloc’s so-called strategic autonomy – at the heart of his political agenda. By contrast, while Le Pen had backtracked on earlier pledges to exit the euro and leave the EU, the leader of the National Assembly had pledged to radically transform the bloc, turning it into a looser “Europe of Nations” if he would be elected President.
Also the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Portuguese counterpart António Costa congratulates Macron on his victory, saying his victory was a strong sign of support for the EU. “Citizens have chosen a France committed to a free, strong and just EU,” Sánchez wrote on Twitter.
In his victory speech, the French President said his re-election was also a triumph for Europe more broadly.
“I want to thank all the French people who trusted me in the first and then in the second round to carry out our project for a more independent France, for a stronger Europe,” he said in front of a crowd of supporters in the Park Champ de Mars, next to the Eiffel Tower.
https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-breathe-sigh-of-relief-at-emmanuel-macron-france-re-election/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication The heads of state and government of the EU breathe a sigh of relief after Macron's election victory - POLITICO