'Shut up!' Emmanuel Macron accused of power grab after backing ally in EU council vote

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Emmanuel Macron is hoping to ensure the reappointment of his close ally on the EU Council. Charles Michel, the ex-Prime Minister of Belgium, succeeded Donald Tusk as President of the EU Council in 2019.

However, Mr Macron has been accused of lobbying other leaders not to thwart a second term.

The Telegraph claims he has also been widely derided as both ineffective and a puppet for Paris.

France currently takes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

This enables Paris to organise meetings, broker compromises and even submit conclusions.

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A diplomat in Brussels added: “The way they’ve been communicating this has been different than before. 

“It’s peak Macron, he just decides for everyone else.”

But Mr Macron, who has been at loggerheads with Boris Johnson on several issues since the UK departed from the European Union, has been defending a man who has made mistakes, including the so-called ‘sofagate’.

However, this might not be a concern for Macron.

As one insider said: “He’s useful in his uselessness to Macron. 

“He dances when Macron wants and he leaves the room when Macron asks him to.”

The ex-Belgian Prime Minister even opted to snub Brexit Britain and Canada by only inviting 46th US President Joe Biden to this week’s EU summit. 

However, Mr Johnson and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau will still be in Brussels for an event held by NATO leaders.

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said: “This is clearly a missed opportunity and you’ve just got to wonder about the EU decision making and the signals they’re sending.

“Now is not the time for petty snubs and overlooking people, whether it’s Boris or Trudeau.”

An EU source went on to claim Mr Michel was unaware of the importance of cross-Channel relations.

They said: “Michel is a man of opportunity, especially photo opportunities.

“He completely fails to grasp the necessity and opportunity to bring the EU and UK around the table to deal with questions of joint security, foreign policy and defence.”



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