Brexit gives chance to strengthen bond with Germany

Now Mr Macron is being likened to an early-years Blair – an election winner intent on widespread reform

There was more than a hint of confidence in the words of President Macron when he received the Charlemagne Prize ‘in recognition of his vision of a new Europe’.

His acceptance speech made him sound every inch like an international statesman who wants to lead the European Union during hugely turbulent times. With Britain on the verge of leaving the bloc, and far-Right nationalism making gains in countries such as Italy and Hungary, Mr Macron used the ceremony in Aachen to outline his long-term goals.

He praised the EU for maintaining a “ ...

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