Since the European Union has started that all its countries are united by certain laws and values. But now that the UK is leaving the Union, should we all be concerned about the idea of having other countries leaving the EU?
It is known that the willing to the leave the EU is not just a political or economic issue. Since, the terrorist attacks started happening in the EU the fear was installed. Therefore, new political views and perspectives on security have arised and important elections are coming to determine EU’s future. If Germany is the mother of EU, than France can be the father. That said, it is no surprise that the Presidential elections in France are so crucial right now, according to Pedro Portas, a lecturer at the University of Political and Social Sciences in Lisbon:
“Usually when a country leaves an organisation, it is not the only one doing it. The European Union was created to unite countries and now people are facing a time of disagreement and are subconsciently thinking that being apart will solve their problems…But guess what? Globalisation is real and international relations will still be possible. Therefore, we can say that we are all connected, so obviously what happens in France has an impact in other parts of the world.”
But what distinguishes the two main candidates? What should people from outside France know about them?
First of all, the ideology. Marine Le Pen, an experient politician, supports the extreme right wing of politics, whereas Emmanuel Macron is supported by communists. Which means that this is an interesting decision for France. To leave or not to leave the EU, well that is the question. If on one hand Le Pen is absolutely against the EU, on the other hand Macron prefers France to remain has an EU country. However, why is it so important to discuss this question?
“The tendency in France is to follow the right side of Politics. That’s what makes this election so interesting because an unknown man in the world of Politics is very likely to be France’s next president and he is totally left wing. Questions like remaining or not in the EU are still being discussed and the fact that the two candidates are so different makes everything better. People are being forced to think about their future and, more important, they are being called to vote and to have a political and social participation”, Pedro continued.
Nevertheless, we can say that other issues are concerning the citizens…Like terrorism. How different are these two candidates in defending their country from terrorist attacks? This is where Marine Le Pen has an extreme plan. The candidate wants to close all Muslim churches identified has “dangerous” for preaching against the west values. Also, Le Pen wants to create a list with all the possible French terrorists, in order, to iniciate deportation. As for Macron, the idea is to create and train a special team of man to guard the countries’ borders.
Can the candidates gather more supporters through the fear of having more terrorist attacks?
“Definitely fear is a very powerful weapon to use, specially during elections time. But I want to believe that the French people are able to distinguish their fear from what is really important for them as a country and as part of an European Union”, Pedro concluded.