The French president’s fledgling party, La République en marche (LREM), is identifying potential allies across the continent to form a new political group for European Parliament elections in 2019 to boost France’s status among its EU allies.
After shaking up the political establishment to win the presidential election earlier this year, Mr Macron appears unhappy with the current political boundaries in Europe and wants to redraw them.
The 39-year-old president believes that the political climate in Europe is beginning to reflect the issues suffered by France’s established parties at this year’s election because of the increasing internal divisions threatening their influence.
For example, the European People’s party includes both Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party -despite the fact that enither party has much in common.
Emmanuel Macron is hoping to replicate his French political shakeup in Europe
For almost 40 years, EU politics has been dominated by the three major groups in the European parliament: the centre-right European People’s party, the centre-left Socialists and Democrats and centrist Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe – and Mr Macron wants this to change.
Speaking last month, the French president told students at the Sorbonne university: “You’ll see at a European level what has clearly emerged in France in May, which is that sometimes what keeps those parties together no longer exists.
“It’s because the approach to Europe is no longer the same within the large parties. It’s because you don’t believe in the same things.”
Meanwhile the co-head of LREM, Arnaud Leroy, said adhering to old structures was not in the party’s plans.
Mr Macron and Mr Juncker pictured together in Brussels last week
He told the FT: “We want to revolutionise European politics, we don’t want to be stuck in old party structures and dynamics.
“Europe has become the new political faultline in many countries. So we’re pushing for a political overhaul.
“Only if we fail to initiate something new, only if we fail to get a big enough contingent of MEPs will we think about which existing group to join.”
Establishing and developing ties with the European Parliament has long been a useful method for European leaders to build alliances and make deals in the EU.
By increasing his influence in European politics, Mr Macron is hoping his party will be able to have a bigger say in the appointment of the next European Commission president – with the election looming in two years’ time.
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Brexit also presents an opportunity for Mr Macron to increase his influence in Europe, with 73 European parliament seats set to become vacant when Britain leaves the bloc.
Influential members of his party are already speaking to some of their potential partners on the continent to see whether an EU shakeup is possible.
The plans come after Mr Macron outlined grand ambitions for the future of the bloc, with radical proposals including more cooperation on immigration, a joint border police force and greater integration between member states.
However, some European leaders have hit out at the French president for attempting to exert too much control over Europe.
Leo Varadkar, the Irish leader, said Mr Macron’s plans were “not any more important” than changes put forward by any other European leader.
The European Parliament has long been dominated by just three groups
And he said the decision to make such extensive changes should led by the European Parliament and the Commission, not a single EU nation.
Speaking after an EU summit on Friday, Mr Varadkar said Mr Macron was “a very different sort of politician” because of his lack of experience in lower tiers of government before becoming president.
Asked whether he thought the French leader’s vision for eurozone had “stalled”, the Irish Taoiseach said: “I don’t agree with everything he’s suggesting, but I think his ambition is very welcome.”
He said the summit had shown a shared desire for eurozone reform, but added: “The best way to achieve progress is to use the community method to have that led by the institutions, led by President Junker and President Tusk, not by any one nation state.
“It’s not that Macron’s ideas are not welcome, its just they are not any more welcome or any more important being put forward by any other prime minister or president.”