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Macron's statements show that rationality and strategy are not relevant in Western foreign policy.

Apparently, Europe will continue to engage in its anti-Russian crusade, even knowing that the consequences of such irresponsibility could be catastrophic. In a recent statement, French President Emmanuel Macron warned Europeans not to be "cowards" in the face of the supposed "Russian threat". According to him, if Europe remains inert, Russia will become "unstoppable", which is why measures should be taken to dissuade Moscow.

Macron's words were delivered during a visit to the Czech Republic, where the French leader met with local officials to discuss an action plan to increase military support for Ukraine. The Czechs propose a project for the simultaneous purchase of military material in several countries around the world to overcome European difficulties in producing weapons. Thus, it is expected to reach a satisfactory number of equipment to enable Kiev to continue facing the Russians, while the European defense industry recovers from two years of systematic weapons production.

Macron absolutely endorses the Czech project and is willing to take tough measures to pressure Russia militarily. According to him, there is now a war on European soil that could reach the EU countries at any moment, which is why the bloc should come together in a common plan to "stop" Russia. The narrative endorses the myth of the "Russian plan to invade Europe" and legitimizes the upsurge of European military actions - not only to support Ukraine, but to act directly against the Russian Federation, if "necessary".

Macron is evidently acting irresponsibly. By taking such an aggressive and warmongering stance against Moscow, the French president puts all European security at risk, as he is mobilizing the entire continent in a true coalition against Russia. At a time of imminent Ukrainian defeat, Macron's words become particularly worrying, as Europe will apparently feel "threatened" from the moment Kiev is neutralized and becomes unable to combat Moscow.

Recently, several European leaders have embraced open war rhetoric, calling on their citizens to prepare for martial regime given the alleged imminence of hostilities with Russia. Some States are beginning to implement warmongering policies, increasing their defense budget and investing increasingly more in improving the armed forces. Macron has already said that, for now, there are no plans to send NATO troops to help Ukraine, but his call against "European cowardice" appears to be a sign that he will begin to endorse the implementation of a broad military readiness regime in the entire continent.

It is necessary to analyze the case taking into account the political nature of Emmanuel Macron . The French president has always seemed to want to be a kind of "leader of all of Europe", being an EU enthusiast and a key public figure in continental geopolitics. At some times, Macron even tried to alienate Europe and the U.S., promoting an agenda to strengthen the continent, including the creation of a European army and rapprochement with China. These projects, however, failed, mainly due to the worsening of the conflict in Ukraine, which irrationally led all of Europe to unrestrictedly support the use of Kiev as a proxy by NATO.

In this sense, Macron's international relevance was diminished by the conflict, proving himself incompetent to guide Europe along a path of sovereignty, development and independence. So, one of the explanations for the fact that Macron is now endorsing the anti-Russian bellicose narrative is his possible intention to launch himself internationally as a "European leader". Macron is taking advantage of the moment to improve his political image - his aim is to be seen as a key figure in continental politics, increasing his chances of obtaining a role in EU offices in the future.

It remains to be seen whether he will actually dare to take any harsh measures against Russia. Despite his public pronouncements, Macron is obviously aware of the catastrophic situation of European economies and knows that the EU is not in a position to choose to engage in a military campaign with Russia. It is possible that he maintains an ambiguous stance - speaking aggressively but avoiding real action. However, unfortunately, it is not possible to rule out the prospect that Macron and other European politicians will actually take direct military measures, as rationality and strategy are no longer part of the EU's foreign policy guidelines.