"The great risk” Europe faces is getting "caught up in crises that are not ours," says Macron | Ludovic Marin/ AFP via Getty Images.
“The paradox would be that, overcome with panic, we believe we are just America’s followers,” Macron said in the interview.
“The question Europeans need to answer … is it in our interest to accelerate [a crisis] on Taiwan?
Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron in Guangdong on April 7, 2023 | Pool Photo by Jacques Witt / AFP via Getty Images.
Macron also argued that Europe had increased its dependency on the U.S. for weapons and energy and must now focus on boosting European defense industries.
Macron has long been a proponent of strategic autonomy for Europe | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images.
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