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A new triangle of geopolitical emotion has emerged in Europe: Great Britain has ceased feeling superior to France, and France has stopped feeling inferior to Germany.Developments currently underway in Britain and France will prove decisive. Paris, although undeniably more beautiful, was in danger of becoming a new Rome, a prisoner of its past glory, at best a place to visit, but not a place to be.The current mood reminds me of the atmosphere that briefly prevailed in France in July 1998, after "Les Tricolores" triumphed over Brazil in the final of the soccer World Cup.As a result of Macron's election, and British Prime Minister Theresa May's failed bet that the snap general election she called earlier this month would enable her to negotiate Brexit from a position of strength, France is now influencing the direction of Europe far more than Britain is.A new and better balance between Germany and France implies significant progress for European stabilization.The shift in national mood in Britain and France is undeniable, and it will play an increasingly important role in defining the politics of Europe.
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