President-elect Emmanuel Macron (L) closes his eyes during a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II on May 8, 2017 in Paris. / AFP / POOL / Francois Mori
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election gives EU a breath of fresh airTuesday is Europe Day, and this year European Union leaders got to unwrap their awaited present a bit early. French voters elected as president Emmanuel Macron, whose platform espouses a stronger EU and a tough line in negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc. Despite overwhelming support for Macron across the continent, the new French leader remains a political novice, untried and untested on European issues.The German elections are up next, in September, and both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Socialist challenger Martin Schulz have impeccable pro-EU credentials.Macron campaigned for the European Union at a time when it was fashionable and politically expedient to dump on it.Macron realizes he will need to do better and has set out to make Berlin his first port of call.
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