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Recharging Europe’s Franco-German Engine

French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to China underscored the mutual estrangement of France and Germany. Yet cooperation between the EU’s largest and most economically important member states remains indispensable for the bloc, especially at a moment fraught with geopolitical risks.

BERLIN – Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Europe has undergone a radical transformation. Both the European Union and NATO have reacted with exceptional unity; all the old conflicts within these organizations seemed anachronistic in view of war on the continent and disappeared seemingly overnight.