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Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

Emmanuel Macron's victory in France has galvanized Germany's Social Democrats. But Merkel, too, is hopeful that the new French president will mark an improvement in Berlin-Paris relations. There are, however, plenty of potential conflicts looming.
Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on Monday in Berlin

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on Monday in Berlin

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Gabriel's Plan

Emmanuel Macron and Sigmar Gabriel during an October 2015 meeting

Emmanuel Macron and Sigmar Gabriel during an October 2015 meeting

Nicolas Messyasz / MAXPPP / DPA
Macron is pictured with outgoing French President François Hollande on May 8

Macron is pictured with outgoing French President François Hollande on May 8

Stephane de Sakutin / AP
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