Few countries display more self assurance than France. The French glory in their language, their history, their food. French politicians claim that their nation has a mission to civilise the world-a messianic arrogance France shares, like much else, with the US. Yet the country’s voice, these days, is muted. “In Berlin, London or Madrid, I get a clear idea of what the leadership wants,” says a senior EU politician. “In Paris, I get nothing: an absence, a void.” France, he says, no longer has a Europe policy. You will hear similar complaints from every EU capital.
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