UDC 327(44)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 71 (2020)
Vol. 71, No 1179-1180, pp. 65-94
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_mp.2020.71.1179_80.4

Original scientific paper
Received: 18 Aug 2020
Accepted: 18 Sep 2020

THE MAIN DETERMINANTS OF EMMANUEL MACRON\'S FOREIGN POLICY

Stаnkоvić Nеvеnа (Autorka je istraživač-saradnik u Institutu za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), nevena@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

French foreign policy has been a reflection of its political history, cultural identity and national conception of France\'s role in the world as a global leader of freedom. In the context of growing interdependence, France faces a dynamic of globalization often perceived as a threat to national identity. The victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election in 2017 enounced the beginning of a different foreign policy. Believing in the diplomatic potential of the French Republic, President Macron underlined the necessity of a new Europe and its strategic autonomy, presenting himself as a potential new leader. Compared to the former French presidents, the youngest French president presented a different approach, staying committed to historical principles. This paper analyzes the main aspects of Macron\'s international activities: establishing a relationship of trust with US President Donald Trump, ”reviving” Europe by revitalizing Franco-German relations, a more cooperative relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and France\'s role in North Africa and the Middle East.

Keywords: France, foreign policy, Emmanuel Macron, Europe, Germany, USA, Russia, Africa