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After the German federal election in September 2017, Merkel struggled for six months to form a government.Macron, meanwhile, has sought to make French renewal synonymous with European renewal.In exchange for France finally getting a grip on its finances and reforming its public sector and labor market, Germany would back Macron's proposals to deepen EU and eurozone integration, including a joint eurozone budget, an EU finance ministry and more unified foreign and defense policies.Though Merkel recently agreed to a joint budget in principle, many in France now suspect that Macron has been duped. In response, Germany has offered Macron essentially nothing. Their goal is to capture at least a third of parliamentary seats, as well as a blocking minority on the European Council.The euroskeptics' main opponents are not politicians in their own countries, but rather Macron and Merkel. And the problem for Macron and Merkel is that they cannot necessarily count on French and German voters to support them in leading EU reforms. The danger now is that Macron and Merkel will be lured into singing along to Salvini and Orban's tune.
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