Editorial Line: The crisis of the Fifth Republic is the crisis of Europe – Editorial Line

Editorial Line: The crisis of the Fifth Republic is the crisis of Europe – Editorial Line
Editorial Line: The crisis of the Fifth Republic is the crisis of Europe – Editorial Line

France is deciding today whether to hand over the government to the far right or to make way for a difficult coalition for the next three years of a republican front that will range from the centre-right to the radical left. Everything points to the cordon sanitaire being in place again, with the question of whether this will be the last time that it will succeed in blocking the path to power of any member of the Le Pen family. President Macron has played with fire and has come out scalded. It is difficult to think that he can save the remainder of his presidency from paralysis.

But beyond this first consequence of the early elections, there is deep concern about the evidence that partisan competition has shifted to the extremes. The young and brilliant president made the leap to the highest office in France, presenting himself as the saviour of the Fifth Republic. At the moment of the decline of his star, however, the moderate camp emerges barren, with serious doubts about its capacity to react. Europe is watching with concern, fearing a contagion effect from this national populism that is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. Christian democracy and social democracy, which built this Europe, need to reinvent themselves. They must not be confused with the populists of both poles, but must once again empathise with the citizens and offer answers to the questions that generate concern for the future. The diagnosis is simple, but the way to carry it out is very complex. More than a republican front, a great citizen front is needed, committed to the common good with a firm will to exclude no one.

 
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