Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Il 23 aprile si terranno le elezioni presidenziali francesi e Mr Hollande non è tra i candidati.
Non perché non lo bramasse, ma perché il partito socialista che lo sosterrebbe è calato nei consensi ad un 13% – 16% che renderebbe impossibile la rielezione sua oppure quella di un candidato socialista.
In poche parole: le elezioni presidenziali dovrebbero risolversi in un duello tra Mr Villon dei Le Répubblicains e Mrs Marine Le Pen del Front National.
Sarebbe quindi lecito domandarsi cosa rappresentino le esternazioni di Mr Hollande nel campo della politica estera, visto che poi questa sarà determinata dal vincitore delle elezioni, e che lui ritornerà ad essere un semplice cittadino. Taluni soggiungerebbero anche, in attesa di giudizio.
Talune affermazioni alquanto severe non possono poi non lasciare traccia ed intorbidire rapporti già difficili.
Il silenzio sarebbe stata cosa più onesta e dignitosa.
In ogni caso le dichiarazioni di Mr Hollande esternano proprio le motivazioni per le quali l’elettorato lo ha abbandonato.
«[Europe] has no need for outside advice to tell it what it has to do»
«I thought, frankly, it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner»
«He’ll have to speak for that. As of Friday [when Mr Trump is inaugurated as president] he’s responsible for that relationship»
«We Europeans have our fate in our own hands» [Frau Merkel]
«the EU was ready to pursue transatlantic cooperation, but it would be based on its interests and values»
«Mr Trump’s remarks constituted a declaration of war on Europe»
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Alcune considerazioni sorgerebbero spontanee.
– Che l’Unione Europea sia in grado di determinare il proprio destino è solo parzialmente vero: la sua difesa militare si fonda esclusivamente su quella americana. E senza forza armate allo stato del’arte non esiste politica estera.
– Che la cooperazione transatlantica dell’Unione europea debba basarsi “on its interests and values” sui suoi interessi e sui suoi valori è del tutto discutibile. Gli americani vorranno bene fare anche i propri interessi. I valori dell’Unione Europea? Ma è proprio in opposizione a tali “valori” che Mr Trump ha conseguito una grande vittoria elettorale e che in tutta l’Unione Europea è in corso un intenso processo devolutivo del socialismo. Ivi compresa la Francia che si sta avviando a dare il benservito a Mr Hollande.
– Mr Trump non ha dichiarato guerra all’Europa, bensì alla sua attuale classe dirigente. Sono due posizione del tutto opposte.
→ Bbc. 2017-01-17. Trump attack on Merkel rebuffed by French president
French President Francois Hollande has brushed off stinging criticism of Germany’s liberal migrant policy by US President-elect Donald Trump.
“[Europe] has no need for outside advice to tell it what it has to do,” Mr Hollande said.
Mr Trump had accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “a catastrophic mistake” in allowing mass migration.
Mrs Merkel said the EU should decide for itself and US State Secretary John Kerry questioned Mr Trump’s remark.
“I thought, frankly, it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner,” he told CNN.
“He’ll have to speak for that. As of Friday [when Mr Trump is inaugurated as president] he’s responsible for that relationship.”
Mr Trump also caused alarm among Nato leaders by saying the alliance was “obsolete”, and he threatened German car makers with high import tariffs if they moved production to Mexico.
‘Declaration of war’
In an interview for UK and German press, Mr Trump said the EU had become “basically a vehicle for Germany”.
Referring to the German chancellor’s response to an influx of refugees and other irregular migrants in 2015, when more than a million people were accepted, he said: “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals…”
Mrs Merkel responded by saying the EU had to take responsibility for itself. “We Europeans have our fate in our own hands,” she said in Berlin.
In Paris, Mr Hollande said the EU was “ready to pursue transatlantic cooperation” but it would be based on “its interests and values”.
He spoke as he was decorating the outgoing US Ambassador, Jane Hartley, with the Legion of Honour.
Another French Socialist politician, Mr Hollande’s former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said Mr Trump’s remarks constituted a “declaration of war on Europe”.
Mr Valls is trailing his party rivals in the race to stand for president in French elections later this year.
The far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, a Trump admirer, is expected to do well in the first round.
‘Trade deal with UK’
He promised a quick trade deal between the US and the UK but a European Commission spokeswoman reiterated that the UK would not be allowed to engage in formal talks involving a trade deal with the US until 2019, after leaving the EU.
Elsewhere in his interview, Mr Trump
– Said Russia’s military intervention in Syria had been “a very bad thing” which had created a “terrible humanitarian situation”
– Said Afghanistan was “going badly” while the offensive to retake Mosul from so-called Islamic State in Iraq had turned out to be a disaster
– Described the Iran nuclear agreement as “one of the dumbest deals I have ever seen”
– Likened the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 to “throwing rocks into a beehive”
– Promised to “keep” Twitter as president, saying, “I can go bing, bing bing” and respond to “dishonest” news