For Macron, Being Right on European Strategic Autonomy Isn’t Enough

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon, in Paris, Sept. 27, 2020 (AP photo by Lewis Joly).
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon, in Paris, Sept. 27, 2020 (AP photo by Lewis Joly).

It’s been a busy few months for Emmanuel Macron. The French president has taken the lead in seeking to resolve a range of crises and conflicts within Europe and on its borders and periphery. That has put Macron where he clearly likes to be: center stage and in the spotlight. But in so doing, he has once again created opposition and resentment within Europe, while underlining the limits to his ability to achieve his desired outcomes. Macron’s diplomatic hot streak began at the European Union summit in late July, when he helped push through the EU’s groundbreaking collective debt mechanism […]

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