This is full support, as France will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from the first of next January. “Our French friends can count on our support from day one to the last to lay the right foundations within the European Union: for a sustainable economic recovery, for the fight against the climate crisis, for digitalization and for a more sovereign Europe in the world,” German Foreign Minister Annallina Barbock said on Friday, December 31. / December. the scientist.
The planets seem aligned: Germany has an ambitious new alliance, which Emmanuel Macron wants to spearhead “strong Europe”, followed by Italy and Spain, and the United Kingdom, which has been slowing down, is no longer a member state. According to the good wishes of the head of German diplomacy, the French presidency constitutes an “important opportunity [à] Together, seize it to strengthen Europe and make it able to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
Difficult year. For now, Emmanuel Macron has put three priorities on his presidency’s agenda: minimum wages across the EU, regulation of big digital companies, as well as a carbon tax at the borders. The ambitious topics that the French President hopes to bring up to illustrate his pro-European appetite, but also domestic political interests, in light of the presidential elections in April 2022. However, the President of the Republic will have the role of mediator and facilitator and will be limited in time (6 months) as in capacity.
Not to mention that 2022 appears to be shaping up to be a difficult year on the EU’s international stage. The Ukrainian case showed how much Moscow ignores its European partners in the face of the United States, which is the real policeman of Europe. The competition is still fierce with the Americans, as revealed by the case of Australian submarines that exploded on the French.
As for the rivalry between Washington and Beijing, it pushes the Europeans to be vassals or to play the role of balancing the great powers, while the Taiwan issue, among other things, remains thorny. The EU remains fragmented by difficult governance and divergent views (Hungary and Poland), unsure of its European defense ambitions, and complications remain significant: Turkey is a sensitive partner, even if for the time being Erdogan appears to have put water in his wine. The security situation in the Sahel region remains worrying.
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