- Emmanuel Macron Has Emerged as De Facto Head of the EU – And that’s Bad News for Brexit Britain
by Andreas Whittam Smith, http://www.independent.co.uk/
Now that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has run into political difficulties at home, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, may become, unofficially, the leader of the European Union.
French presidents played that role from the foundation of the EU in 1957 until 1990 when the two Germanys, East and West, were reunited. Then, by reason of their combined economic strength, far in excess of France’s, the German Chancellor of the day became the go-to politician within the European Union. But if Merkel stumbles, Macron will assume that role.
What sort of person is Macron? He was born and brought up in Amiens, whose once important textile industry has all but disappeared and been replaced by car-parts factories. Macron was educated at a local Jesuit school until he was 16 years old. Then he went to the prestigious Henri IV in Paris.