Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday that divisions between democracy and authoritarianism in Europe were becoming like a “civil war”.
Macron used an impassioned speech to the European Parliament, meeting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, to urge the rest of the union not to become a “generation of sleepwalkers” lured by the siren song of nationalism.
The young French leader`s call to arms was a thinly veiled reference to states like Hungary, where populist PM Viktor Orban recently swept back to power, and the right-wing government of Poland which has repeatedly clashed with Brussels.
“There seems to be a sort of European civil war, where our differences and sometimes our national egotisms can seem more important than presenting a united face to the world,” the 40-year-old president said.
“There is a fascination with the illiberal and it`s growing all the time.”Macron has become the pro-European poster-boy after his election victory over far-right…