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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for photos after signing their new treaty in Aachen

Opinion: The overhauled but directionless Franco-German tandem

When French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a new Franco-German treaty in Charlemagne’s old imperial capital of Aachen earlier this year, the outcome was underwhelming. The ambitious goals that were set also seem entirely unrealistic, given the countries’ increasing divergence on policy. That means fears of a dominant Franco-German tandem in the EU are unfounded, but so are hopes that it will lead the bloc out of its current doldrums.

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