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French PM Manuel Valls, ‘EU will collapse if Germany and France don’t listen to immigration concerns’


 

The EU will COLLAPSE if Germany and France do not begin to listen to people’s concerns on immigration and Islamist terrorism, says French PM

  • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says EU is ‘in danger of falling apart’
  • Valls said France and Germany need to stimulate growth and employment
  • Addressing Brexit, immigration and terror also seen as key to EU survival

The EU will collapse if Germany and France do not begin to listen to people’s concerns on immigration and Islamist terrorism, the French Prime Minister has warned.

Manuel Valls said Europe was ‘in danger of falling apart’ and the two countries needed to work harder to stimulate growth and employment.

Valls said the two countries, for decades the axis around which the EU revolved, had to help refocus the bloc to tackle an immigration crisis, a lack of solidarity between member states, Britain’s looming exit, and terrorism.

The EU will collapse if Germany and France do not begin to listen to people's concerns on immigration and Islamist terrorism, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned
The EU will collapse if Germany and France do not begin to listen to people’s concerns on immigration and Islamist terrorism, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned

‘Europe is in danger of falling apart,’ Valls said at an event organised by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. ‘So Germany and France have a huge responsibility.’

He said France must continue to open up its economy, not least by cutting corporate taxation, while Germany and the EU as a whole must increase investment that would stimulate growth and job creation, as well as boosting defence.

As Britain seeks to negotiate its post-Brexit relationship with the EU, hoping to restrict immigration from the EU while maintaining as much access as possible to the EU single market, Valls said it must be prevented from cherry-picking.

‘If they are able to have all the advantages of Europe without the inconveniences, then we are opening a window for others to leave the European Union,’ Valls said.

Valls said the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's election victory showed how important it was to listen to angry citizens, and that politicians scared of making decisions were opening the door to populists and demagogues
Valls said the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election victory showed how important it was to listen to angry citizens, and that politicians scared of making decisions were opening the door to populists and demagogues.

Immigration was one of the main drivers of Britons’ vote to leave the EU, and Valls said the bloc, which more than a million migrants entered last year, had to regain control of its borders.

He said the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election victory showed how important it was to listen to angry citizens, and that politicians scared of making decisions were opening the door to populists and demagogues.

In France, opinion polls suggest that the far-right, anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen will win the first round of the presidential election next April, before losing the runoff.

But Valls said Trump’s victory had boosted the chance of an outright Le Pen victory: ‘What has changed in the world and Europe since Nov. 8 is that it’s possible.’

He said France’s election debate was ‘ignoring the danger posed by the far-right’, adding: ‘We face a historic moment … perilous for the world, perilous for Europe and perilous for France.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3945568/Europe-risk-collapse-France-Germany-lead-French-PM.html#ixzz4QIdcmlb4

5 thoughts on “French PM Manuel Valls, ‘EU will collapse if Germany and France don’t listen to immigration concerns’

  1. Could the press kindly USE the correct term regarding immigration. IT IS MUSLIM immigration which is the problem. I’ve met black Christian immigrants in Italy one working in the grandest cemetery in Genoa. You could not have met a more congenial woman, she was so kind to me at my mother’s death I hugged her. It is f****ing MUSLIMS that are the problem and they can be any color any nationality. Take Indonesia as one example. As a child virtually the whole of the far east was either Buddhist Hindu Sikh or Christian. Fg arabs breed like rabbits behave like savages and WILL NOT integrate they DON’T want to integrate rather WE mus adopt their laws and behavior. When is someone in Europe going to take control of this already out of hand problem.

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