France, the new master of Europe

The war in Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis have highlighted the great strategic virtues of France. The geopolitical situation has increased the weight of Paris in European affairs, and that of Berlin has been reduced accordingly.

The French have a credible, albeit imperfect, energy system. They have an agro-industry that is gaining strategic value in the context of the approaching global food crisis. They have armed forces and a nuclear deterrent worthy of the name.

The Germans have nothing like it. It is becoming increasingly clear that sixteen years of slow public spending, as well as the dreaded mercantilist dependence on Russia and China under Angela Merkel, have degraded the country. Today, Germany is struggling, while the world returns to its eternal Hobbesian character. [c’est-à-dire à un État fort].

These whims of fortune have little to do with Emmanuel Macron. France’s structural strengths would also appear if Le Pen were president: she would not leave NATO, even if nonsense erupted before Putinism became obsolete.

At the same time, the demographic situation in Germany is entering a critical phase. Berlin expects its labor force to peak next year and then decline by 5 million during the 2020s, increasing the population dependency ratio. [nombre de retraités par rapport au nombre d’actifs] more than 50%. France is not taking this path at all (nor is the UK).

food shield

As the FAO food price index picks up, due to the war led by Putin, the Elysium seizes the opportunity to derail the strategy “from the farm to the fork” [de la ferme à la fourchette] of the EU, a set of measures announcing the end of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its megasubsidies to French agglomerates.

The reforms proposed by the German and Nordic Greens aim to halve the use of pesticides and increase the share of organic production to 25% by 2030. At the same time, agriculture would become more sustainable, with less use of feed.

President Macron has other projects. “This policy still made sense before the war in Ukraine and would reduce production by 13%, he declared. But today, under no circumstances can Europe afford to produce less. “

This 13% decrease is disputed. It ignores the evidence of science, which shows that agribusiness as practiced today erodes soils and is unsustainable. But

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The Daily Telegraph (London)

Atlantis and anti-European at heart, combative and committed in form, is the leading conservative newspaper of reference. Founded in 1855, it is the last of the quality newspapers that has not abandoned the large format.

His agenda is very popular, especially for the Court Circular which presents the daily activities of the royal family. Another long-awaited date is Matt’s always elegant and funny little cartoon on the cover. Held until early 2004 by media mogul Conrad Black, the title is now owned by billionaire brothers David and Frederick Barclay.

It is the first British newspaper to open a site in 1994, which is generally considered to be one of the most comprehensive in the Anglo-Saxon world. Very interactive, puts all the contents of the newspaper online and, at the end of each article, offers references to other links.

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