Has Europe found its Saviour?
Today The Economist has looked at the future of Europe and Emmanuel Macron as its potential saviour. Macron is the golden boy of France and the potential saviour of Europe. He certainly fits the mould of being a modern, internationally aware politician. With his indisputable charisma and charm by the truck-load why would we question his worth? Since gaining office Macron has been derided by the media for his marriage to his school teacher – many years his senior. Such derision must strike the French population as tres bizarre, as he’s an adult and he can marry his teacher if he likes. Le Pen’s right-wing plans for France fell short of delivering a suitable solution, for the cultural uniqueness of the French, and Macron surged to victory by leading La Republique en Marche.
As the UK contorts in the throws of Brexit and the utter lack of direction, vision or clear answers – Macron’s resolve as the newly elected French president will be tested to the limit. Not only is he faced with diplomatic minefields in Britain, the US and Russia, but he must navigate, what some would view, the failed European master-plan.
Macron has looked to import fresh blood into the political sphere by recruiting those who have served on the frontline of public services. His intention will be to gauge the general consensus of frontline workers and troubleshoot accordingly. Such plans will surely breathe life into the currently floundering public sectors of the west. The Economist (June 17, 2017) identifies that Macron looks to erode the divisions between left and right and promote a new dynamism within Western societies. Is this a naïve proposition or will Macron’s centrist model work?
With a background immersed in elitism and his previous career as a banker, there will already be many who groan at the suitability of Macron to achieve the amalgamation of left and right. Although The Economist has described Macron as being neutral and an outsider – only time will tell if his political responses will match his profile. As an outsider, from the political sphere, Macron may provide the pragmatism required to restabilise western economies and provide a solid structure to repair the damage caused by the neo-liberal European hiccup. No matter what, the French president is under an inordinate amount of pressure, and there will be tricky challenges ahead. For the sake of centrists and those who Europe has profoundly failed the stakes could not be higher.