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Interview to William Drozdiak about Macron´s vision of Europe

 

For more than four decades, William Drozdiak has been regarded as one of the most knowledgeable American observers of European affairs. During his tenure as foreign editor of the Washington Post, the newspaper won Pulitzer Prizes for its international reporting on the Israeli—Palestinian conflict and the collapse of the Soviet communist empire. He also served as the Post’s chief European correspondent, based at various times in Bonn, Berlin, Paris and Brussels, and covered the Middle East for Time magazine. He later became the founding executive director of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Center in Brussels and served for ten years as president of the American Council on Germany. Before becoming a journalist, he played professional basketball in the United States and Europe for seven years. His highly acclaimed book, “Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West,” was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best political books of 2017. His latest book, on Emmanuel Macron and the future of Europe, was published by Hachette and PublicAffairs in April 2020.


1.- This year you have published a book that has been echoed by, among others, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. It is entitled «Europe’s Last President: Emmanuel Macron’s Mission to Revive France and Save the World». It would seem as if Macron was a new Joan of Arc, or a new Charlemagne. What do you mean by the title? Why «the last»? From what or whom to save the world?


I chose the title «The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron’s Race to Revive France and Save the World» because I became convinced during my time with him that he is the only leader now on the European stage who acts on the vision and ideals of the founding fathers of the European Union. It is ironic and tragic that a time when France has chosen its most pro-European leader in the postwar era, the other leaders of the EU, including Angela Merkel of Germany, have pursued a path defined by economic nationalism. Macron is a man in a hurry because he believes that unless Europe becomes a more integrated political community it will fall behind and lost its clout on the world stage at a time of resurgent big-power rivalry involving the United States, China and Russia. It is a shame that it has taken three years for Germany to wake up and realize that the potential demise of the EU, as was feared in the early days of the pandemic, would be suicidal for German economic interests. The adoption of the European recovery plan is a big step forward but if it falls apart it could spell disaster for the future of a more united Europe.


2.- Macron emphasizes the strategic autonomy of the European Union. Juncker, spoke of European sovereignty, in 2018. Is Macron’s aspiration, bridging historical distances, to a «moment 1776», a kind of Declaration of Independence for Europe? In this vein, Could the European Union be, for Macron, a way to allow the continuance of France’s influence in the world? With its back to the traditional transatlantic link, or as a complement?


Macron believes that Europe’s strategic autonomy is essential to preserving its sovereignty and its voice in the leadership of world affairs. He sees the future of France as inextricably connected to the future of Europe, hence his desire to modernize France at the same time as pushing to invigorate the drive for a more integrated Europe. As a pragmatic realist, he has no illusions about Europe’s need to defend its interests against other big powers, including the United States.


3 .- For you, the U.S. Administration (whatever may be) should have an eye on what happens in Paris but, Why not Berlin?


I believe France could serve as the key strategic partner in Europe for the Biden administration. After Brexit, France will be the dominant military power on continental Europe. It is the only partner capable of projecting power into the Indo-Pacific region, where more than one million French citizens live in this vast oceanic region, and which the Biden administration considers a top strategic priority in containing China.

4.- You have studied in another interesting book (“Fractured Continent”) the successive crises and divisions through which the European Union has recently passed (Brexit, refugees, immigrants, struggles with Poland and Hungary, the banking and debt crisis,…). Paraphrasing the German sociologist Ulrich Beck (+), What could reconcile Europeans with Europe (despite all these crisis) and with other Europeans (despite all fractures and divisions)?

Europeans must realize the extraordinary success through peace and prosperity that the European Union has brought to their everyday lives. The EU is too much taken for granted by its citizens; if it disappeared, Europe would be a more unstable and poorer region of the world. It’s time for a new generation to wake up and show their abiding support and enthusiasm for a more united Europe, which is in the interests not just of Europeans but also Americans.


5.-Spain played a very unknown role for the average American in the U.S.A. war of independence. In a few years, the U.S. could also be a Latin country, if only for the number of Spanish speakers, surpassing Spain or Colombia. What could be the role of Spain?


Spain already plays an important strategic role as a partner of the United States. Spain’s influence in the Caribbean and South America already serve American geopolitical interests and should be preserved and defended. And with Spanish-speaking immigrants becoming the fastest growing part of the American population, Spain should continue to serve as a vital cultural, economic and political ally for the United States.

Geopolítica y rivalidad global: EE.UU. veta a más de 30 empresas chinas. ¿Guerra comercial?

Ayer entró en vigor el Execution Act 13959 firmado por Trump en noviembre que pone el veto a cualquier inversión americana en una lista negra de empresas de China elaborada por el Departamento de Defensa. Mira las empresas….¿estará Huawei? ¿Alibaba?

Yesterday, the Execution Act 13959 signed by Trump in November went into effect, putting the veto on any American investment in a blacklist of companies in China prepared by the Department of Defense. Look at the companies…. Will be Huawei? Alibaba?

«The executive order prohibits all U.S. investors (institutional and retail investors alike) from purchasing or investing in securities of companies identified by the U.S. government as «Communist Chinese military companies.»A «Communist Chinese military company» is any company that the U.S. Department of Defense has identified pursuant to Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999. The prohibition came into effect on January 11, 2021. On December 28, 2020, guidance on the executive order was published clarifying that the order included subsidiaries of the relevant companies.

This companies are….under full screening and veto:

Aero Engine Corp of China

Aviation Industry Corporation of China , Ltd . (AVIC)

China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)

China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC)

China Aerospace Science & Industr y Corporation (CASIC)

China Communication Construction Group Company, Ltd .

China Electronics Corporation (CEC)

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC)

China Mobile Communications

China National Chemical Cor porati on (ChernChina)

China National Chemical Engineering Group Co . , Ltd . (CNCEC)

China National Nuclear

Chi na Nucl ear Engineering & Construction Corporation (CNECC)

China General Nucl ear Power

China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC)

China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)

China Sout h Industries Group Corporat ion (CSGC)

China Spacesat

China State Constructi on Group Co., Ltd .

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC)

China Telecommunications

China Three Gorges Corporation Limited

China Uni ted Network Communications Group Co Lt d

CRRC Corporation

Dawning Information Industry Co . (Sugon)

Hikvision

Huawei—————————–>5G: EN ESTE ARTÍCULO, se explica la difícil situación de la Unión Europea ante el proveedor 5G Huawei: competitividad vs seguridad nacional // explains the difficult situation of the European Union with the supplier 5G Huawei: competitiveness vs. national security

Inspur Group

Norinco

Panda Electronics

Sinochem Group Co Ltd

 

China lo considera una «represión irracional»….China sabe de represión, sin duda alguna.

Mientras tanto, la Unión Europea y China llegan a un principio de Acuerdo de Inversiones que, una vez en vigor, podría mejorar el acceso de los inversores europeos al mercado chino y les dará (en teoría) más garantías de competir en igualdad de condiciones con las empresas locales. En este análisis – resumen de EFE se abordan los retos de este Acuerdo. Lo hemos tratado en la tertulia, todo un reto de diplomacia económica para una Unión Europea atrapada entre sus valores y sus intereses, entre EE.UU. y China. De rivales sistémicos a socios y competidores. Ya lo avisó @UVDL en su Discurso #SOTEU de 2020.

China considers it an «irrational repression»….China knows about repression, without a doubt.

Meanwhile, the European Union and China are coming to a principle of an Investment Agreement that, once in force, could improve the access of European investors to the Chinese market and give them (in theory) more guarantees of competing on equal terms with local companies. In this analysis – EFE’s summary – the challenges of this Agreement are addressed. We have discussed it in the talk show, a challenge of economic diplomacy for a European Union caught between its values and its interests, between the U.S. and China. From systemic rivals to partners and competitors. It was already warned by @UVDL in its #SOTEU Speech of 2020

 

Campos de Internamiento en la @UniónEuropea @refugiados

El Tribunal de Justicia rechaza los campos de internamiento
Santiago Soldevila Fragoso
(Magistrado de la Audiencia Nacional. Juez del Tribunal General de la Unión Europea (2007/2013) —>MÁS EN SMARTECA -LALEY)

La sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia de 14 de mayo de 2020, recaída en los asuntos amulados C-924/ y 925/19 FMS,FNZ y SA, viene a resolver diversas cuestiones vinculada a las políticas de asilo. De todas ellas destaca la relativa a las garantías que deben reunir las órdenes de internamiento de los solicitantes de protección internacional y de aquellos que se encuentren en situación irregular en el territorio nacional, así como las consecuencias del efecto directo que el Tribunal de Justicia concede a las Directivas interpretadas