France’s European policy agenda is ambitious. President Macron – aware that his prospects for reelection in April are also dependent on this agenda’s success – wants to work with Germany to drive it forward during France’s presidency of the EU Council. Germany’s “traffic light” government does share many of the French goals. The question in Berlin, however, is how peace can be maintained within a ruling coalition of three parties with differing positions while simultaneously meeting European, and especially French, expectations. Three issues are crucial for the success of both.
The “Traffic Light” Coalition Must Be Prepared to Compromise on Franco-German Cooperation