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Macron or Orbán – you have to choose between the two EU extremes?
Viktor Orbán: More power to the states

In Viktor Orbán's world is the Swedish conservatives and christian democrats". It said he himself under a storbråk in the european partisammanslutningen the EPP (European Peoples Party). M and KD wanted to together with a further eleven parties in the group to exclude Orbán's party Fidesz, which they believed had repeatedly violated the EPP's common fundamental values.

– 13 " parties suggested that the Fidesz would be excluded. It had made the EPP to a narrow left-wing organization, said Viktor Orbán at a press briefing in Brussels.

When M and KD gets the epithet vänsterliberal it gives a hint as to where on the traditional political spectrum as He is.

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as an integral part of fighting for a christian Europe. Preferably without the muslim immigrants. It is literally the closest to an armed struggle, he considers himself to pursue. ”I'm like an old krigshäst” he said rhetorically in Brussels and noted that he survived the many harsh political battles in the EU.

the EUROPEAN union Viktor Orbán want is really unclear. He has not written the ostentatious mission statements for the world to take part of. In addition to constantly repeating that migrants should be stopped from Europe.

But the policy he is at home provides guidance that Orbán would rather look backward in time than forward. But only moderately long back, not to the cosmopolitan Eastern europe in the early 1900s. No, rather the homogenous Eastern europe that emerged after the wars. On the way, he recalls some of the british Brexitanhängare who do not feel at home in a changing world.

Viktor Orbán never leave the EU. He does not want to even leave the EPP-group. He wants to be a part of a respected community, which in EPP's case is characterized by the German christian democrats, CDU and CSU. And he want the EU's money.

Viktor Orbán is a pragmatic politician. He can change from a liberal, as he was in his early political career, to högernationalist, as he is now. But his methods in order to strengthen his own power exceeds anything previously seen in the EU – he has undermined the independence of the judiciary, academic freedom, and limited freedom of the press.

The changes, he can not carry out at the EU-level. But his approach has inspired the rulers, particularly in Poland and Romania. Orbán obtain ilk.

primarily an economic union, not a political one. Trade and business with Putin's Russia and xi's China will not be disturbed by how these great powers to live up to human rights.

As an economic union feel good to grow, would probably He happy to see Nordmakedonien and Serbia as new members of the EU. But not to muslim Turkey.

With the economic arguments are also likely to Orbán try to reduce the EU's ambitions on climate change. Add to that that there are are plenty of sceptics among right-wing populists and extremists.

Photo: Yoan no additions Emmanuel Macron: the Coordinated power of a different pace

Emmanuel Macron is Viktor Orbán, an excellent opponent. Macron sees Orbán as a narrow nationalist, but visions. Hungarian is not even on the policy right-vänsterskala for the frenchman.

He is only the opposite of the Macrons own champagnesprudlande ideas on what Europe could become if only the government and the citizens opened their minds and came together. That's right, Europe. Macron rather speaks about Europe than about the EU.

In several high-profile speech in recent years, symbolically held at the Acropolis in Athens or the university of the sorbonne in Paris, the French president put forward his views on Europe's future. He recently followed up the numbers in an opinion piece published in nearly 30 newspapers across Europe, including in Today's News.


The Swedish translation is linguistically convoluted, which enhances the image of Emmanuel Macron as a contemporary variant of a French emperor. But he launches where several concrete proposals in its project, the Renewal of Europe, which should be shaped around three ambitions: freedom, protection and progress.

on the world stage, regardless of whether it comes to the fight against global nätjättar as Google or in the trade competition with the united states and China. He wants to protect citizens socially guaranteed minimum wages, but also on other areas with the proposal on joint border police and more defence cooperation.

so Far, Macron failed to get the other. He has not received a sufficient number of member states that like to tax the nätjättarna, for a common budget for the eurozone or for a common defense. But the French president thinks long-term. He sows the seeds and hope that time speak for him.

such A seed was a part of the members to the european Parliament would be elected from transnational party lists. For example, it would mean that the Swedish voters could vote for candidates from other european countries, not only from Sweden.

It did not want the european Parliament.

But Macron and his party A Marche has gone forward on its own. In France, there are now foreign nationals with the candidates in the election. However, asking the party not yet up in other member states. Swedish election debate had undeniably become more exciting on A Marche existed with that option for disillusioned Swedish liberals.

A EUROPEAN union without the united kingdom can mean that the Macros will get easier to put forward proposals that in the past ratats. Photo: Andrea Delbo/REX/Shutterstock

in the EUROPEAN union change when the british finally leave. In particular, in the council of ministers and of the heads of state and government summits.

Proposals in the Macrons spirit – that had previously not even been tabled – may, after the Uk left have greater chance to be discussed in the EU parliament.

With Macron at the helm, the EU risks becoming more fragmented. He is fully aware that the policies he is pushing are not embraced by all. Therefore, he wants to have the voters ' go-ahead to a group of countries to be able to go in advance with, for example, defence cooperation.

This means that the current divisions in the A - and B-teams, for example currency, where 19 countries have the euro, can get in more areas.

The other roads of the EUROPEAN union

the EU's path forward will not be Orbán. It will not be the Macrons. We live on a continent with both semi-skimmed and rosé wines. Compromises, horse-trading and all sorts of political alliances are shaping the twisting road ahead.

Everything is done under the auspices of the She Who Decides, German chancellor Angela Merkel. She, and many other european politicians, estimates that Emmanuel Macron a sense of responsibility for the future of the EU and is taking the threats seriously. But Angela Merkel wants to keep together the EU countries. She is not as Macron ready to drop in the path of advance troops with the member states in different policy areas.

Germany's Angela Merkel has stood for a third way for the EUROPEAN union. Her successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is located near the Macron in certain issues, and closer to the Orbán in the other. Photo: Christian Charisius

on the Macrons op-ed in Today's News, with several magazines and newspapers, came from Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. She is Merkel's successor as president of the christian democratic CDU.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer parts Macrons view is that Europe must become stronger and to play an active foreign policy role, she wrote in Die Welt. She has a vision when it comes to migration, climate change and to protect the EU's external borders. However, she is hesitant to coordinate the social security systems and rules around minimum wages.

The latter is closer to Orbán's vision of the EU. He has, moreover, operated to strike against the CDU and the leading German politicians, despite the fact that Angela Merkel was the one who came to symbolize how the EU was ready to accept the large amounts of asylum seekers during the migrationskrisen 2015-2016. Angela Merkel has never hånats in the Hungarian regeringspropagandan against migration.

The German reluctance to go for the fast forward in the EU integration is also about money. Germany is the EU's largest single financier. When member states ' policies are coordinated compliance costs.

as the permanent no-sägaren to increase the EU's expenditure. When the british lost changed the dynamics.

Already have a group of countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden have taken the role of the brake pad in and have all the expenses to make it. They call themselves the proud Hanseatic league 2.0, in order to associate to the old storhetstider.

French diplomats have condescendingly called them the Netherlands and the seven dwarfs.

In that statement hidden a concern that these smaller countries in northern and northwestern Europe do not understand that the EU's future is at stake when the gentlemen who Orbán and the Italian minister of the interior Matteo Salvini far forward and draws on the political playing field.

With Britain on the way out and a Merkel, who started his political de-escalation, there is a vacuum to fill in the future. The results of the election in may will be used by people who claim that they have received the voters ' trust to change EUROPE.

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