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Fight Over Values Risks a ‘European Civil War,’ Macron Says
Fight Over Values Risks a ‘European Civil War,’ Macron Says Photo President Emmanuel Macron of France told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday that Europeans must turn away from “selfish nationalism.” Credit Vincent Kessler/Reuters BRUSSELS — Emmanuel Macron, who beat back the far-right National Front to win the French presidency, said on Tuesday that there was “an increasing fascination with illiberalism” in Europe and that divisions over values within the European Union were like “a European civil war.” Speaking after the re-election this month in Hungary of Viktor Orban, the professed champion of “illiberal democracy,” and moves against the judiciary in Poland, Mr. Macron said that Europe was in a battle between the liberal democracy that shaped its postwar vision and a new populist authoritarianism that brushes aside dissents and cares little about the rule of law. Europeans must turn away from “selfish nationalism,” he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Franc..