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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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