Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

EU at war: Macron attacks European Parliament parties and urges reform | World | News

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.

“I think Europe would be better off democratically with a redrawing of the political map.”

The President promised to come up with a new initiative to regroup “progressives” and “reformists” together in EU elections next year.

Asked how he would seek to influence politics inside an institution where his Republic On the Move party currently has no MEPs, he said the picture might look very different after the next elections.

He said: “It’s totally possible to set up your own group and I believe that European reformists have a vocation to federate around them other movements.”

On Brexit, Mr Macron said it was important for the remaining 27 countries to remain united and let the Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier deal with the British government.

But he indicated his impatience at a topic that has dominated the EU’s agenda, adding: “I don’t want to waste too much time on the issue.”

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