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The centrist Emmanuel Macron's success in the first round of the French presidential election is likely to re-energize Europe. Unlike the other candidates, Macron does not just recognize the need for radical change to the European Union; he supports bringing it through Europe-wide cooperation. Le Pen accuses Macron of aspiring to be vice chancellor of Europe, under German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while proudly declaring herself to be the "anti-Merkel".When Europe was most obviously attractive, it was regarded as a way of purging what was bad and corrupt from national traditions.Germany and France clearly needed one another, but found it difficult to understand each other.European policymaking after 2010 was practically a bilateral affair, involving a dominant France and a more dominant Germany. This time, however, it was the European elites – and the national elites who empowered them – who were blamed.Germany needs France in order to assert its own place in the world, including from a security perspective.France and Germany must again welcome each other chez nous.
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