Emmanuel Macron warns that the West is “weakening” because he rejects claims from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the transatlantic alliance is still strong and “we win together”
- The French president spoke at the Munich annual security conference
- He accused the US of “sort of withdrawal” from its relationship with European allies
- Pompeo said reports of the alliance’s death were “overly exaggerated.”
Emmanuel Macron warned today that the West is “weakening” while accusing the United States of rejecting Europe.
The French president rejected claims by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the transatlantic alliance was still strong.
He said to the Munich Security Conference: “There is a weakening of the West.
“There is an American policy that started a few years ago and not just under this policy that involves a certain form of withdrawal, of a reconsideration of its relationship with Europe.”
Emmanuel Macron (left) warned that the West “weakened” after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) insisted: “The West wins and we win together”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is addressing the Munich Security Conference today
Pompeo previously rejected European pessimism about Washington’s withdrawal from the world stage, saying that the death of the transatlantic band had been “overly exaggerated.”
He said: “The West wins and we win together.”
The annual gathering of world leaders, generals and diplomats to discuss security challenges is dominated by the fear of diminishing Western influence in the presence of a more assertive China and Russia.
French President Emmanuel Macron says the West is “weakening”
In his opening speech yesterday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggested that the United States rejected “even the idea of an international community” and acted “at the expense of neighbors and partners.”
“Those statements don’t reflect reality,” Pompeo replied.
“I am happy to report that the death of the transatlantic alliance is exaggerated,” he said, paraphrasing a famous quote from Mark Twain.
He said Washington played a key role in keeping Europe safe by strengthening NATO’s eastern flank on the border with Russia and making a multinational effort to defeat the jihadist group of the Islamic State.
Pompeo added, “Is this an America that” rejects the international community “?
“The free West has a better future than illegal alternatives.”
Pompeo urged allies to “trust” in the transatlantic bond.
He stressed the need to work together against threats to Russia’s territorial ambitions, China’s military build-up in the South China Sea and Iran’s “terror campaigns” through proxy conflicts in the Middle East.
French president Emmanuel Macron (L) and chairman of the Wolfgang Ischinger conference
Macron said on Saturday that European policy of opposing Russia had failed in recent years, and since no one wanted to confront Moscow directly, the only option was a closer dialogue to resolve differences.
“I hear the opposition from all our partners, I am not angry, but I know that it is challenging and weak … it is not a policy, it is a completely inefficient system,” he said, adding that he has none of his allies Want to confront Russia.
“There is a second choice that is demanding and restarting a strategic dialogue, because today we talk less and less, multiply conflicts and we are unable to resolve them.”
French president Emmanuel Macron addresses the audience on stage at the 56th security conference in Munich