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Political divisions in Europe are like a civil war – Macron

French president calls for defence of European liberal democracy in face of illiberalism and nationalism.

Emmanuel Macron: ‘In the future we must struggle to defend our ideals

Emmanuel Macron: ‘In the future we must struggle to defend our ideals.’ Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images


Emmanuel Macron has likened the political divisions in Europe to a civil war and warned against growing illiberalism on the continent.

In his first speech to the European parliament, the French president called for the defence of a European liberal democracy that offered protection of the rights of its minorities, and attacked those who took their countries out of the EU to pursue fairytale “adventures”, in a passing mention of Brexit.

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