May 9, 2017
Reactions continue to pour in for newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, whose business friendly vision of European integration defeated Marine Le Pen, the far-right French nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.
In Germany, newspaper headlines read “It's a boy”... “The winner is Europe.” Some commuters reacted with relief while others were less overjoyed that Emmanuel Macron was the only alternative.
"I think it's sad that it had to be decided like this because Macron wasn't who everyone wanted to vote for. But for Europe it's a good thing, and thank God it's not Le Pen," Sandra Bahn expressed.
German Chancellor congratulated Macron personally by phone.
“Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and also of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe. He ran a courageous pro-European campaign. He stands for openness to the world... and firmly behind a social market economy,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin on Monday.
Baltic prime ministers in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, also welcomed Macron's victory.
"The result [of the French election] shows that a unified Europe, a developing Europe, a safe Europe based on principle values, based on human rights, has a future,” Saulius Skvernelis, Lithuanian prime minister, pointed out.
At a campaign event in London, British Prime Minister urged voters to allow her a Macron-style mandate to strengthen hand in the Brexit negotiations.
“We must make sure that in the U.K. we also have a strong mandate to take a strong position into our negotiating table,” she said.
In the United States, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Macron on his “big win” and said “he looks very much forward to working with him!”
The newly- elected president won 66% of the vote, but the big challenge lies ahead for someone who was relatively unknown to the French public five years ago.
Via Skype, Erik Brattberg, “So, his next domestic challenge will be to secure enough seats in the Parliament and then later on in the Senate to have enough domestic support from the legislative branch so that he can also implement some of the reforms that he's promised.”
Brattberg says we will find out more about Macron's style and leadership qualities soon, as he will be on the world stage in the NATO and G-7 summits later this month.