Boris Johnson wants a political community encompassing not only the EU but also the former territory of the Roman Empire
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reportedly so enamored with French President Emmanuel Macron’s idea of a “European political community“Encompassing not just the EU but Eastern Europe – especially Ukraine – and the UK, he claimed it as his own idea and presented it as a modern vision of Empire. Roman, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.
Johnson’s modern Imperium would stretch from the UK to the Maghreb region of North Africa and east to Turkey and Ukraine, he said, saying he had proposed Macron’s idea”when I became Minister of Foreign Affairs“and revealing that he believed”we should essentially recreate the Mare Nostrum of the Roman Empireduring an audience with reporters en route to Madrid for a NATO summit on Tuesday. Mare Nostrum was the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea, adopted at a time when the empire controlled much of Europe, the coast of North Africa and modern Turkey, extending into the Caucasus region.
However, Macron even preempted Johnson’s revisionist timeline when he proposed the idea to the European Parliament, saying his predecessor Francois Mitterrand had called for a “large european club” all the way back to 1989 when the USSR was facing crises.
Johnson tempered his enthusiasm, describing Macron’s idea as “worth watching“provided it is consistent with the strategic objectives of the United Kingdom while recognizing”invent new structuresmay not be the best use of resources that could be devoted to improving partnerships between countries.
While relations between the French and British leaders have been frosty in the past, the pair agreed to start over on Sunday while talking one-on-one at the G7 summit, with one British official describing their new partnership as “the bromance.” However, a French official was less enthusiastic, describing the meeting as “past”.good. That’s it.”
Although the two have gotten off to a fresh start, there are still plenty of issues they disagree on, with Paris seemingly upset by Johnson’s backsliding on Brexit as well as his public briefings hinting that Macron isn’t. is not aggressive enough in its dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. .
Johnson was expected to broach the subject once again during his speech at the NATO summit, telling members to “Dig deep“pony up their full 2% of GDP, and strengthen the” of the allianceeastern flank.”
The remarks fit the theme of the alliance’s Wednesday meeting, where it endorsed its new, even more openly anti-Russian strategic concept, saying Moscow had “broken the peace and seriously altered our security environmentby attacking Ukraine. Members of the bloc reassured each other that their alliance was “unique, essential and indispensable” and vowed to work together to thwart the “authoritarian actors“threatening sound”rules-based international order.”
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Johnson was also due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well as Swedish and Finnish leaders, whom NATO welcomed with open arms in its fastest-ever endorsement of a new member. It’s unclear if he plans to broach the subject of his new and improved Roman Empire with the trio.
One of the last attempts by major European states to rebuild or claim the legacy of the Roman Empire was led by German Nazi and Italian fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. It ended in a crushing defeat in 1945.