The Three Gambles France’s Macron Can’t Afford to Lose

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel participate in a press conference at the conclusion of an EU summit in Brussels,  March 23, 2018 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel participate in a press conference at the conclusion of an EU summit in Brussels, March 23, 2018 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).
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As French President Emmanuel Macron nears the end of his first year in office, three key policy gambles that are central to his agenda are coming to a head this week. These gambles begin with domestic structural reforms, move out toward proposed reforms for the European Union, and culminate with France’s role in shaping trans-Atlantic ties. Macron’s ability to deliver on them will determine whether he fulfills what he sees as his historical destiny as a providential national figure, or becomes the latest in a long line of aspiring but failed reformist French presidents. Macron has his work cut out […]

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