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Confidence has returned to Europe's chancelleries just in the nick of time, what with U.S. President Donald Trump due in Europe in a few days.In the past, many EU member states complained that the "cold peace" between France and Germany was hampering effective governance of the Union.The Mercron partnership has a better chance of building goodwill within Europe than the Merkozy partnership ever did.At the same time, Germany is in a weaker position than it was during the Merkozy era, which is good news for the Franco-German relationship.Most important, Merkel and Macron both need the Mercron partnership to work if they are to succeed in building a stronger Europe. The Europe of the future must be capable of protecting its citizens from global threats; but to define those threats, it will have to consider all EU member states' perspectives, not just that of France and Germany.
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