French President Emmanuel Macron gestures after delivering a speech on the European Union at the amphitheater of the Sorbonne university in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
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Calling Europe slow, weak and ineffective, French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday said the EU should embrace a joint budget, shared military force and harmonized taxes to stay globally relevant. With Brexit looming, Macron warned the rest of Europe against the dangers of anti-immigrant nationalism and fragmentation, saying that goes against the principles of a shared Europe born from the tragedy of world wars.Macron's office says he wants his Europe strategy to play a role in Germany's coalition-building talks.Macron also proposed a shared European military intervention force and defense budget.To deal with Europe's migration flux, Macron wants a European asylum agency and standard EU identity documents.Macron doesn't want to wait for Britain to leave the EU in 2019 to tie European economies closer together.
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