February 13, 2020
Macron's small steps environment policies
Emmanuel Macron is entering into the second half of his mandate with a new agenda to satisfy the left and the right by pursuing both environment and security as top priorities. The question, though, is how far he can go on environment without alienating the voters on the right, and on security without alienating the left. Macron is to unveil his first batch of measures in a working committee today, and some climate change measures at Mont Blanc tomorrow. He will meet the two leaders of the German Green party over the weekend. He is seeking to make small steps rather than radical change. There will be some measures for the Mont Blanc region and other protected areas. More measures will follow once climate change is discussed in the citizen forum in April. His problem is that he clearly lacks credibility and gravitas in this area.
The security agenda is vaguely defined and full of pitfalls as well. Talking about migration or police easily ramps up emotions in the public debate. It will be a challenge for the government to define measures that are meaningful without polarising public opinion.
The president told his MPs yesterday that it would be better to be associated with five or ten simple subjects rather than getting lost in complexity. This seem to encapsulate what he himself is trying to do.