Europeans: Liberals and Macron party to join forces

The party of French President Emmanuel Macron and European liberals said Saturday at the European Training Congress in Madrid, their intention to stand together in the European elections of May 2019.

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on Saturday adopted a manifesto aimed at "building a broad alliance to fight against nationalism and populism," according to Vice President of Training Luis Spaniard Garicano.

This alliance must include the movement of the French president, La République en Marche (LREM), which is not a member of ALDE.

"In Marche and ALDE have said yes," welcomed Mr. Garicano.

The day before, LREM's delegate for international action, Astrid Panosyan, proposed a joint coalition.

"We can agree on a common front (…) ALDE is the heart with which En Marche wants to build this coalition," said the French, but also calling for "reach parties that are not there today 'hui ".

The coalition aims to integrate "political parties that come from other political families", especially the Conservatives of the European People's Party (EPP) and the Social Democrats, respectively first and second group in the outgoing European parliament, said at the AFP LREM French MP Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade after the congress.

The objective is ultimately to "constitute a pivotal, pivotal, central group in the European Parliament, which will be able to reverse the balance of power of a Europe which is today dominated by the European People's Party", a- he added.

The European liberals have also refused to present a single candidate for the presidency of the European Commission ("Spitzenkandidat"), preferring a team.

"We will be campaigning on ideals, on what we can do for European citizens," said Dutch President Hans van Baalen on Friday.

"We will not nominate a man of a certain age, (as) Mr. Weber, Mr. Timmermans, who are candidates for a position," he added, toying the Conservative and Social Democrat candidates with German Manfred Weber and the Dutchman Frans Timmermans.

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