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For France it is the Franco-German alliance. All else is optional.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 05:41:47 PM EST
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Au contraire, the Franco-German axis is merely the springboard from which all major initiatives in Europe tend to start and develop. At least that's Macron's view, but he's not alone in this; his predecessors were much the same and many French pols share the same view.

EU history also tends to follow that narrative: the big countries agree on something and the other EU countries are brought on board later on. Not the most democratic process, but this is how it has worked many times.

Besides France and Germany, there used to be another country with a population over 60 millions and a GDP in the top 5 WW, but it seems to have drifted away.

by Bernard on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:15:51 PM EST
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It was never the most reliable of allies...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 10:32:42 PM EST
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France's dedication to Germany is what is preventing a realignment - unless Germany leaves the EuroZone unilaterally. This doubtless springs from the trauma of France being defeated in two world wars. But how likely is it that a breakup with Germany leaving the EuroZone would lead to a war today. Germany cannot even bring itself to fund its military adequately.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 12:33:00 AM EST
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