France has an independence streak that cannot be cowed. Anyone who tries to will suffer the consequences. Macron should remember this when seeking to implement Frau Merkel’s economic reforms–as should Putin, when seeking to incorporate France into a new alliance.
SAVE THE DATE: Where Is Paris In the Moscow-Berlin Axis?
The old paradigm of keeping Germany down, American in, and the Russians out of Europe is being challenged by all involved. Historical patterns suggest that the Russians, Germans, and French will seek closer ties in such an environment.