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The Macron Method

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With Germany counting the votes on a state election that sees a predictable rise in the right-wing, Alternative for Germany, and Italy struggling to vote in a government that would replace the Five Star’s right-wing partner with a social-democratic one, notwithstanding continued Yellow Vest demonstrations, as host of the recent G7, France’s young ambitious president Emanuel Macron began to dismantle the American hold on Europe — and beyond.

The presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of several guests at the G7 shows off Macron’s ‘Jupiterian’ diplomacy. India is the largest populist country on the planet, and Modi’s recent move to take back the limited sovereignty granted to Muslim Kashmir at independence was clearly dictated by Hindutva, an ideology that promotes Hindu hegemony. But instead of lumping Modi together with Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen, the right wing trio that believes it can prevent Europe from becoming brown and Muslim, the French President used behavioral psychology, which emphasizes approval for good behavior rather than punishments for bad, to advance his climate agenda, encouraging........

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