Rinke­vics: Macron’s vic­tory is good news for Latvia

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The vic­tory of cen­trist Em­manuel Macron in the se­cond stage of pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in France is good news for France, Europe and Latvia. It shows that openly de­struc­tive and ex­trem­ist pow­ers have failed to gain recog­ni­tion and sup­port, says Lat­vian For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Edgars Rinke­vics.

The min­is­ter is cer­tain that France’s in­volve­ment in the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in the Euro­pean Union and NATO will ei­ther re­main un­changed or even in­crease. «It is very pos­si­ble that we will see France play an ac­tive role in strength­en­ing and de­vel­op­ing the EU. We know what Macron’s po­si­tion is in re­la­tion to de­vel­op­ments in our own re­gion. This in­cludes com­pli­ance with Minsk Treaty and re­la­tions with Rus­sia. This is why this is good news for peo­ple who are in favour of preser­va­tion of Europe’s se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture and its fu­ture de­vel­op­ment,» Rinke­vics said. In spite of the fact that many are still eu­phoric over the vic­tory of the can­di­date rep­re­sent­ing demo­cratic val­ues, there are still many is­sues that need to be re­solved, said the min­is­ter. He men­tions eco­nom­ics and so­cial as­pects as ex­am­ples. France will be ab­sorbed in the next elec­tion cam­paign as­so­ci­ated with par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in the next six weeks, Rinke­vics said.

«There are many mat­ters over which peo­ple are con­cerned, in­clud­ing mi­gra­tion, ter­ror­ism and the in­flu­ence coming from an ag­gres­sive su­per­power like Rus­sia, whose de­sire is no only re­shap­ing the in­ter­na­tional or­der, but also in­flu­enc­ing elec­tion pro­cesses. Those are the mat­ters on the agenda for France and us,» he be­lieves.

Rinke­vics is con­fi­dent that there have been bru­tal at­tempts to in­flu­ence the out­come of mul­ti­ple demo­cratic elec­tions around the world by means of hack­ing into the e-mail data­bases of cer­tain can­di­dates and then leak­ing their cor­re­spon­dence to the pub­lic. He be­lieves this re­quires joint ac­tions from Europe and NATO. Such cases should not be left unat­tended.

«With­out a uni­fied and sharp re­ac­tion on a Euro­pean Union to mat­ters of strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cy­ber se­cu­rity, other mem­ber state may come un­der at­tack. Let’s not for­get that we have elec­tions planned for next week. So we have plenty to learn from prior ex­pe­ri­ences,» Rinke­vics em­pha­sizes.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, In the run-off of the French pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cen­trist can­di­date Em­manuel Macron has won over­com­ing far-right can­di­date Ma­rine Le Pen and stat­ing he would work to en­sure in fu­ture there would be no rea­son to vote for ex­trem­ism. As the BBC cited the data of the French In­te­rior Min­istry, Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to be­come, at 39, the coun­try’s youngest Pres­i­dent and the first Pres­i­dent from out­side the two tra­di­tional main par­ties, since the mod­ern repub­lic’s foun­da­tion in 1958.

Ieva Makare/LETA

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