Former Foreign Minister recalls urgency for European heads of state to adopt recovery plan
Guest of France Inter Wednesday 8 July, walker Nathalie Loiseau, MEP (Renew Europe) and former Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled the urgency of seeing European heads of state adopt the recovery plan for the Old Continent after the health crisis in coronavirus. While Germany has presided over the European Union since July 1, Angela Merkel comes to speak on Wednesday in front of the European Parliament, meeting in Brussels.
franceinfo: Angela Merkel wants to convince of the necessary rally, but will she succeed in passing the recovery plan?
Nathalie Loiseau: First, this recovery plan was born from the European Parliament. The first who designed a massive recovery plan with a pooling of efforts, it is here in the European Parliament, it is our political group and it is even our delegation. And on that we managed to have a very large majority, it gave a signal, which was taken up with the leap by Emmanuel Macron who convinced Angela Merkel.
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Today, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and the European Commission must convince all European states. What we were able to do at 700 in the European Parliament, at 27 at the Council of Heads of State and Government we ask them to do it, to do it quickly, if possible next week, at least in time for this revival which must be ready by the end of the year.
Will the Franco-German couple succeed in getting the green light from the frugal countries (the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark), which are reluctant to accept the idea of partial debt pooling ?
Frugal people are called countries that want to fight today’s battle with yesterday’s weapons. And we know it’s always the best way to lose. These countries owe a lot to the European Union, to the fact that they can export to the EU, that they have suppliers in the EU. And when you listen to the companies, the unions and even sometimes the central banks of these countries, all say: “We are ready for the recovery, except that we have no customers or suppliers outside” , and they plead with their government to say “hurry up, understand that faced with a crisis as massive as the one we have entered, we must go there”. It is the work of all of us, parliamentarians, members of government, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, they are fully invested. And let’s not forget that for Angela Merkel, this is her last presidency of the Council of the European Union and that I think she wants to come out on a success.
Is this an intellectual shift for Germany, which we have known much more uncompromising, with Greece in particular, or are the Germans doing just the minimum to avoid the explosion of the euro zone?
I do not know if you have read the interview with Wolfgang Schäuble, who today chairs the German Bundestag but who was in charge of Germany’s finances, especially during the Greek crisis. He learned the lessons from this crisis, he has changed enormously, he says today that the European Union should not have done what it has done, that it has been too slow, too parsimonious. He also says that to finance this revival which is absolutely necessary, it is not a question of taking money from the pocket of European taxpayers, but of going to seek it where it is: among the digital giants or else in non-European companies which are major polluters of the planet. So it’s a big development, of course. Angela Merkel said: “There is no strong Germany without a strong Europe”. Do you believe that France alone or Germany alone can face transformations of this type? We will get there at 27!
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