Any head of state who comes before the European Parliament knows that his country’s politics will burst into the debate. That at least one elected representative of his country will either want to praise or pay for the boss. Guaranteed success on social networks. So goes the “Youtubization” of politics.
The list of speakers for this Wednesday’s debate with Emmanuel Macron was unambiguous: yes, we were going to talk about the French presidential election. No less than twelve French elected officials registered for the debate, out of 48 participants.
And yet, it is a German who brings up the subject first. Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP group (in which the LR elected representatives sit), is delighted that “Europe is in good hands for the next 6 months”… then shows his support for the LR candidate Valérie Pécresse, wishing that “the French elect for the first time a…