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Emmanuel Macron's election to the French presidency provides the European Union with an opportunity to move past the internal conflicts that have hastened its disintegration. Rather than standing exclusively with the old elites or the new populists, Macron has promised to rally broad political support under the banner of European reform. Likewise, Macron has tried to reconcile the idea of a welcoming Europe with advocacy of a fortress Europe.To bring true change, Macron will have to transcend the two contradictory but mutually reinforcing political models that have defined the last decade of EU governance: technocracy and populism.It is understandable that European leaders would latch onto Brexit as the one thing EU member states can agree on.If the EU continues to look inward, consumed by the questions posed by Brexit, the next five years will be as sterile and unproductive as the last.Can Macron's method allow EU leaders to break the vicious circle of technocracy and populism, and end the paralysis of the last decade?
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