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“Nation-states should be ready to give sovereignty today”


Chancellor Merkel and France’s President Macron agree: in the future, the EU should not get less, but rather more powers. For that, concessions were necessary – “in an orderly procedure”. 

In particular, the French President Emmanuel Macron should like this statement: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has campaigned for the transfer of national sovereignties to the European Union. “Nation-states must today – should today, I say – be ready to give sovereignty,” said the outgoing CDU chair on Wednesday at an event organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation on “Parliamentarism between globalisation and national sovereignty” in Berlin.

“But of course in an orderly procedure,” Merkel curtailed. The states must always be responsible for such contracts, first the respective national parliament would have to make the decision.

Merkel had previously warned against nationalism in the Bundestag in view of the controversial UN migration pact. “Either you are one of those who believe they can solve everything on their own and only have to think about themselves. That is nationalism in its purest form. This is not patriotism. Because patriotism is, if you include others in the German interests and win-win situations are accepted.”

French President Emmanuel Macron has demanded more Europe on Sunday at a guest speech in the Bundestag and also a stronger handover of national sovereignty. Every country must share decision-making power, and decide together with other states on its foreign policy, its immigration and development policy, he said.

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