Published On: Tue, Jun 25th, 2019

EU news: Macron accused accused of attempt to ‘DESTROY European democracy’ | World | News

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The French President was accused of standing in the way of the process to appoint German MEP Manfred Weber as European Commission President. Ms Merkel, the German Chancellor, supports Mr Weber as the Spitzenkandidat, says the lead candidate from the largest European Parliament party should become the EU’s most senior official. Mr Macron is the most influential leader looking to ditch the Spitzenkandidat system in order to hand EU leaders the right to choose Jean-Claude Juncker’s replacement.

But the Frenchman’s stance has driven a wedge in-between the usual Franco-German axis at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process.

Daniel Caspary, the head of Ms Merkel’s CDU/CSU group in the European Parliament, blast: “I see no Franco-German axis.

“Instead, I see a revisionist Mr Macron doing everything can to destroy European democracy.”

The German branded the French President “anti-German”, adding he does everything to “destroy the European party system.”

Mr Caspary concluded: “It is an approach that has nothing at all to do with the pro-European speeches of his in the beginning.

“We are fighting to ensure that the lead candidate process is maintained and Manfred Weber becomes president of the European commission.”

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also backed Mr Weber for the role.

She said: “The CDU is behind Manfred Weber.”

EU leaders are concerned the German doesn’t have the necessary experience to take control of the bloc’s Brussels-based executive arm.

But they have yet to reach a consensus on potential alternatives to the so-called Spitzenkandidat process.

Mr Macron and Ms Merkel are expected to hold talks on the fringes of the G20 summit in Japan in an attempt to break the deadlock.

Donald Tusk, the European Council President, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, Guiseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister, and Theresa May will also be in attendance.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Spanish counterpart Spanish Pedro Sanchez have also been invited to the global gathering by hosts Japan.

EU leaders will then hold an emergency European Council summit on Sunday evening in Brussels.

The bloc failed to reach an agreement at June’s scheduled gathering in the Belgian capital last week.

On Sunday, Mr Weber hit out at EU leaders and MEPs for trying to strike a backroom deal that blocks his route to the top job.

Mr Weber said: “I really hope that the socialist and liberal MEPs show that they stand for Parliamentary democracy in Europe.

“It would be tragic if they put the interest of some capitals above the interest of a newly elected, strong European Parliament.”

He added: “The European Parliament, as the people’s representative of 500 million Europeans, has a great responsibility.

“There is a danger that the urgently needed democratisation of the EU will be strongly diminished. Now is the moment for Parliament to act.”

Lashing out at leaders directly, Mr Weber insisted they are stripping democracy away from the EU by taking over the decision-making process.

He said: “The German said: “Citizens sent a clear signal by voting in the European elections. The turnout rose massively, in some places it doubled.

“It would be very disappointing now if major decisions in the European Union would take place in diplomats’ back rooms.”

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