How should Ireland respond to Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform Europe?

Important that French president be backed as a bastion of decency and moderation

 French president Emmanuel Macron: In the era of Brexit and Trump, his election represented an alternative, much more benign vision of the future. Photograph: Patrick Seeger

French president Emmanuel Macron: In the era of Brexit and Trump, his election represented an alternative, much more benign vision of the future. Photograph: Patrick Seeger

President Emmanuel Macron’s rallying call to those who wish to defend the European democratic model from populist and illiberal forces across the continent deserves a broadly positive response from all who believe in the values of the European Union.

It poses a particular challenge to this country where there are suspicions the French agenda involves a threat to the economic model based on foreign direct investment which has played such an important role in creating our current level of prosperity.

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