- The leader of La République en Marche, Stanislas Guerini, says in the SZ interview that the party wants to be part of a dominant faction in the European Parliament.
- Although he wants to work with the former Liberal representation Alde, "but not exclusive."
- Guerini criticizes the CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer for her answer to Emmanuel Macron's European ideas for reform.
The party of French President Emmanuel Macron wants to form a dominant faction in the new European Parliament. The chairman of La République en Marche (LREM), Stanislas Guerini, said in an interview with the South German newspaperthat his party wants to form a group in the newly elected parliament "nobody can pass". Nothing could be decided without La République en Marche. LREM is in exchange with the Liberals, who are grouped in the Alde group, but they want to become "more ambitious". "We want to work with Alde, but not exclusively, we want to enlarge the faction," says Guerini.
To the CDU chairman Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer Guerini pointed sharp criticism. He was glad that the debate initiated by Macron on the reform of Europe was now being conducted across borders. "But I think Mrs. Kramp-Karrenbauer's answer misses the historical challenges we face in Europe." Guerini cited climate protection as an example and demanded "more ambition" from Kramp-Karrenbauer. "There are also similarities with her, for example when it comes to strengthening the EU's external borders or defense policy, but I feel that Mrs Kramp-Karrenbauer's speech was more motivated by domestic politics than European politics."
"Macron and the Gelbweten are two sides of the same coin"
Guerini's rising debt levels again commented, "We stand to favor spending now more so that workers will have more money to live on, which will cause us to break the three-percent mark in 2019. But it will stay with this one time, then the curve goes down again. " Guerini also said that he could understand German mistrust. France had played "far too long with the EU deficit rules".
Germany's hesitation in digital control called Guerini a "mistake". "Europe's citizens no longer take it that an Internet giant like Google pays a 14 percentage points lower tax than the baker on the corner," said the party leader.
Guerini also commented on the protest movement of the Yellow West, which calls, inter alia, the resignation of Emmanuel Macron: "These people fight for the same as us: for more justice in a country in which the rule of three" freedom, equality, brotherhood "at every town hall embarrassing – but unable to lift people out of poverty who work hard, Emmanuel Macron and the Yellow Vests are two sides of the same coin. "