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On the European question, Laurent Wauquiez plays the equilibrists

The president of LR met Angela Merkel on Monday in Berlin. A way to refocus, after his refusal to support the procedure of sanction against Hungary, 12 September.

The President of LR, Laurent Wauquiez, visiting Divonne-les-Bains, Ain, September 20.

It took more than twenty-four hours to appear on social networks the photo of this long-awaited meeting. On Monday, September 24, Laurent Wauquiez was received in Berlin by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since being elected President of the Republican Party (LR).

The forty-five-minute meeting was held at Christian Democracy’s headquarters (CDU), the training of Merkel, who is associated with LR with other conservative parties in the EPP, the European People’s Party, but with which the ties were distended since the disappointments of François Fillon during the presidential campaign of 2017.

“Angela Merkel is one of the great political figures of Europe, undoubtedly one of the last great references that allow to hold a debate on a European scale”, praised Mr. Wauquiez at the exit. No statement was made on the German side. “This meeting is important for the European and international stature of Laurent”, summed up a close relative of the president of LR a few days before this interview, assuring that the appointment had been planned “before the summer”.

Coincidence, therefore, if this tete-a-tete comes in full controversy within LR following the refusal expressed by the party leadership to support the sanction procedure passed on September 12, in the European Parliament, against the first Hungarian Minister, Viktor Orban. The latter is implicated for “risks of serious violation of the rule of law”.

“Lesson Donors”

Mr Wauquiez, who approves the anti-immigration policy of the ultraconservative leader – whom he wishes to maintain in the EPP – was strongly criticized by Valérie Pécresse, president (LR) of the Ile-de-France region, not to have supported these sanctions. In return, Mr. Wauquiez lambasted, without naming them, the “donors of lessons of …

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