Jordan Bardella – Raphaël Glucksmann: Common positions but diverging convictions on Europe

12 April 2024 / Interviews

The European elections are fast approaching and debates between candidates are multiplying, this morning it was Jordan Bardella, head of the National Rally list and Raphaël Glucksmann, leader of the socialist list and Place Publique who took part in the morning exercise of France Inter. Their discussion highlighted the deep differences underlying the policies proposed by each of the candidates, particularly regarding immigration, the European Union and foreign policy.

One of the major points of contention between Bardella and Glucksmann has been their position on immigration and the recent asylum and migration pact adopted by the European Parliament. Although both candidates refused to sign the pact, their rationales and visions differed significantly. Bardella has strongly defended the idea of ​​borders, arguing that current immigration threatens secularism and creates a communitarianized France. He also criticized the European Union for imposing what he describes as “migratory overwhelm” on European people. On the other hand, Glucksmann argued in favor of immigration as a response to France's economic and social needs, emphasizing the country's integration capabilities and rejecting the idea of ​​migratory overwhelm.

The debate also extended to the question of the European Union, where the differences between the two candidates became clear. Glucksmann reaffirmed his support for the EU, emphasizing its vital importance for preserving French identity in a globalized context. On the other hand, Bardella was more critical of the EU, saying that it should better serve the interests of European people and criticizing its handling of the migration issue.

Foreign policy, particularly as it relates to Russia and the situation in Ukraine, has also been a topic of heated debate. Glucksmann called for toughness against Vladimir Putin, while Bardella expressed concerns about possible military escalation and stressed the importance of collective security.

At the end of the debate, reactions from supporters of both camps were mixed. Glucksmann's supporters praised his firm stance as a main opponent of the RN, while Bardella's supporters appreciated his realistic vision in the face of his opponent's abstract ideals.

In conclusion, this debate between Bardella and Glucksmann highlighted the deep differences that exist between their visions for the future of Europe. These differences will be at the heart of voters' choices in the upcoming European elections, as citizens decide which vision they want to see defended in the European Parliament.