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Macron and Merkel converge on Europe

German leader follows new French president's lead on issues like trade and defence

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Mrs Merkel and Mr Macron addressing a joint news conference at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on June 23. Both leaders sent a message of total unity on this occasion.

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BACK in January, when his chances of winning the French presidency were considered slim, Emmanuel Macron came to Berlin and spelled out what he felt was needed to fix Europe.

"As Jacques Delors said, for Europe we need a vision and a screwdriver," Mr Macron told an

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