November 13, 2017
A pro-European list: Wauquiez' nightmare
Alain Juppé and Emmanuel Macron: are they joining forces for a pro-European common list for the European elections in 2019? Juppé tweeted that we are not there yet, whatever Le Figaro says. But the issue is now out in the open. Francois Bayrou congratulates himself, for this is one of his life's dreams (apart from becoming president which, after three failed attempts, is unlikely to happen). And the Republicans have a serious problem at hand with Laurent Wauquiez likely to take the party’s leadership in the December 10 contest. Wauquiez, a former Europe minister under Nicolas Sarkozy, turned out to be a eurosceptic. In his book on Europe with the promising title "Il faut tous changer" he did not go as far as questioning the eurozone as such, but called for an end to Schengen, the abolition of the European Commission, and a core Europe of the six founding members. A stupid book, according to Juppé. Françoise Fressoz warns that 2019 could well turn into the nightmare of 1999, when the European question divided the Republicans. Cécile Cornudet writes that the moderate wing of the Republicans are likely to fall into Macron’s trap for a third time, after the nomination of Édouard Philippe as PM, and an economic policy agenda that the Republicans had always dreamed of implementing.