Europeans: liberals and Macron come together to join forces

The party of French President Emmanuel Macron and European Liberals said on Saturday at the European Training Congress in Madrid, their intention to be together in the European elections of May 2019.

On Saturday, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) adopted a manifesto that aims to "build a broad alliance to fight nationalism and populism", according to training vice-president Luis Spaniard Garicano .

This alliance must include the movement of the French president, La République en Marche (LREM), which is not a member of ALDE.

"In the Marche and ALDE they said yes", welcomed Mr. Garicano.

The day before, the LREM delegate for international action, Astrid Panosyan, proposed a common coalition.

"We can agree on a common front (…) ALDE is the heart with which En Marche wants to build this coalition," said the French, but also asked "accessible parts that are not there today" 39; hui ".

The coalition aims to integrate "political parties from other political families", in particular the Conservatives of the European People's Party (EPP) and the Social Democrats, first and second group respectively of the outgoing European Parliament, told AFP LREM, French deputy Pieyre- Alexandre Anglade after the congress.

The objective is ultimately to "establish a core central nucleus in the European Parliament, which will be able to reverse the balance of power of a Europe that is dominated by the European People's Party today", to he added.

European liberals have also refused to present a single candidate for the presidency of the European Commission ("Spitzenkandidat"), preferring a team.

"We will campaign on ideals, on what we can do for European citizens," said Dutch President Hans van Baalen on Friday.

"We will not name a man of a certain age, (like) Mr. Weber, Timmermans, who are candidates for a position," he added, playing with conservative and social-democratic candidates. The German Manfred Weber and the Dutch Frans Timmermans.

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