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Macron Says American Researchers Should Move to France in Effort to Reverse Climate Change

Emmanuel Macron, who is the new President of France, doesn’t seem to be letting go of President Trump’s decision to back out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

France has made no secret of the fact that they are trolling him over this particular issue. Macron has joined a number of other world leaders to step up the effort to start reversing the effects of climate change on the planet in spite of Trump’s decision.

It was announced to the public earlier this month that Trump fully intended on backing out of the Paris climate agreement, thereby weakening international efforts to combat global warming. Trump gave a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House, stating that he would stand with the people of the United States, calling the Paris climate agreement a “draconian deal.”

President Trump’s decision to back out of the climate change agreement that had been signed by 195 different nationals was definitely shocking to some, and not so much to others. So far Mr. Trump hasn’t had the most environmentally-friendly stance with regards to his policies and even the cabinet members he has chosen.

Trump stated that he wanted to negotiate a better deal for the United States, as he felt like this one didn’t have much to offer. Within minutes of the president’s remarks, the leaders of France, Germany, and Italy all stated that the Paris climate accord could not be renegotiated.

Macron has made a fairly bold move by putting pressure on American researchers as well as people from all over the world who want to fight climate change to move to France. There is absolutely no doubt that new French president is serious, and he has approached his appeal to researchers all over the world with a very Trump-esque sort of zeal.

The French President’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” is definitely trolling Trump, but its message is still very serious. This website has invited researchers, businesses, entrepreneurs, students and non-government organizations around the world to come to France to help meet the goals laid out in the Paris agreement.

Macron stated in a recent online video, “Please, come to France. You are welcome, it’s your nation. Want innovative people. We want people working on climate change, energy, renewable and new technologies.” He called Trump’s withdrawal from the climate accord “an actual mistake,” calling on scientists and researchers to come to France to help combat climate change.

“To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland,” Macron said on Facebook. It seems as though the new French president is very serious when it comes to bringing in people from all over the world who could aid in the battle against climate change.

When you visit the website, you can clearly see it calling out President Trump on the home screen. From the website: “The (Paris climate agreement) decision is unfortunate but it only reinforced our determination. The planet needs your innovative skills. So, are you IN to change our daily lives and make our planet great again?”

Those who go to www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr will be able to view a series of step-by-step instructions for those who are interested in moving to France to fight climate change. This website tells researchers, teachers and students how they can go about applying for open faculty positions as well as Ph.D. programs.

Certain people may qualify for a 4-year grant to help with financing their researching project. This grant comes with salary, working staff, students and over expenses. Researchers have the option of staying in France for as long as their grant lasts. Those who qualify for one of these grants won’t have any restrictions with regards to their spouses working in the country.

The website states that France’s school system is free and university tuition is significantly lower than in America. While it remains to be seen just how many people are going to flock to Franc to flight climate change, it does seem like a very appealing offer from the French government.

Trump’s European Visit was a Disaster for the U.S

On March 10th, 1952, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, France and the Federal Republic of Germany received a very unusual note from the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union offered with withdraw troops that were in eastern Germany at the time, essentially ending their rule over the occupied zone. If this were to happen, Germany would be reunited under a constitution that allowed its people to choose the social system they wanted.

Germany would even be allowed to rebuild its military, and all Germans that weren’t convicted of war crimes would have their political rights back in full. The allied troops in Western Germany would be withdrawn, and the newly reunited Germany would not be allowed to join the new NATO alliance.

Many historians have debated as to whether or not the note from the Soviet Union was genuine, or just a cynical ploy. German Chancellor Konrad and Adenauer rebuffed the note from Stalin. West Germany went on to enter NATO officially in 1955, build the European Union and develop as an Atlantacist liberal democracy.

The Soviet Union continued looking for ways to separate Germany from the West, and especially from the United States. Their closest effort to do so occurred in the early 1980s when millions of Germans marched in the streets against NATO nuclear missile deployments.

The efforts of Stalin didn’t work though, and the alliance stayed firmly together. The Soviet’s attempt at complete dominance fell through altogether, as did the Soviet Union itself. Germany became reunited on Western terms. The United States was largely credited with Germany’s swift and smooth reunification. Germany is still grateful for the assistance they received from the United States, and they have expressed their gratitude a number of times over the years.

But when the U.S. attempted to mobilize the European powers to manage the breakup of Yugoslavia, Germany wasn’t ready to take on such risk. The George W. Bush-Gerhard Shroeder split over the Iraq War in 2003 definitively ended German submission and respect for American leadership.

Over the years since then, Germany has relied less and less on the United States for assistance, choosing to become more independent. Many Germans were very happy about Obama’s presidential win back in 2008, but it wasn’t enough to maintain German relations with the United States. In fact, relations between the two countries sank to an all time low during Obama’s presidency. Merkel ignored Obama’s pleas to stimulate the German economy after the financial crises of 2008 as well as the Euro crises of 2010.

The Snowden revelations, which included claims that the United States had tapped Merkel’s personal cellphone, only served to expand the divide between the two nations. In June of 2014, Germany took the unprecedented action of expelling the senior U.S. intelligence officer in Berlin, announcing the action over Twitter. Germany’s expressed trust in the United States went from a high of 76 percent after Obama’s election to 35 percent by 2014. A majority of Germans said they viewed Edward Snowden has a hero.

The next president who would be elected in 2016 would have an uphill battle on their hands when it came to rebuilding the U.S.’s relationship with Germany. So far, President Trump has done quite a bit of damage to this relationship. When it comes to German post-war politics, the policy is pretty much liberalism within the country and Atlantacism outside. While a small number of people are uncomfortable with the first, a larger minority cast doubt on the second.

There is no question that Germans remember the past when it comes to the Nazis, but they also remember that American bombers burned many cities in Germany to ashes. Germans have found themselves a platform to speak about their country’s history, expressing their emotional distance from nations who were once close allies.

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States shook a lot of the assumptions that Germans held about Americans. The large divide between the U.S. and Germany coincided with the United Kingdom breaking itself away from the European Union, which has weakened London’s clout versus Berlin considerably. It will be necessary for Britain to renegotiate access to the EU market, and Germany will have the power to accept or decline.

Numerous polls show that Germany’s confidence in the United States as a whole, which declined under the Obama administration, has lowered even more since Trump got elected. Merkel has officially given notice that she will lead German efforts to make itself even more independent from the U.S. In a speech where she went up in front of 2,000 people on Sunday, she declared that Europe cannot rely on the United States and United Kingdom. She also said, “The times in which we would completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”

One of the things that is interesting is that she said “we Europeans” as opposed to Germans. She also did not rule out that Europe might need to rely on the United States and U.K.in the future. The message she was sending that the door is not closed so to speak, and that anything is possible.

Over the past few months, Trump has vehemently refused to endorse NATO’s Article 5, which guarantees mutual defense. It is of no surprise to most people that Trump’s first trip abroad went so poorly, but it could have far reaching implications for the future. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster insists that President Trump did affirm Article 5, though there is evidence to the contrary to say the least. The Republican chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, declared on record that he couldn’t be more pleased with how the president’s trip went. There is no question that Donald Trump is doing quite a bit of damage to foreign policy interests of the U.S., and this trip is an affirmation of that.