"There is either the desire to take Europe hostage of demagoguery which serves political leaders and to say, all of your problems are because of Europe… You are worried that there is migration in Africa…? That's because of Europe! These are not what we call sometimes 'populists,' these are nationalist demagogues," Macron said at a joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila.
The French president stressed that the nationalists were forgetting everything that united Europe had brought.
"For the last 70 years, we have been living a miracle, on the scale of millennia, that is, there is no war in Europe. And we have to build a new stage, it is evident. Otherwise, this Europe will fall apart faced with geopolitical risks and internal divisions," Macron said.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met in Milan on Tuesday to discuss cooperation on border protection and a tougher migration policy. The two pledged to counter what they described as Macron's pro-migration policy.