An acid test for French-German diplomacy

The reception the French Prime Minister received on a recent visit to Berlin leaves no doubt as to the gulf of misunderstanding and mistrust between the EU's two leading nations.

The welcome with military honours with which French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was greeted in Berlin this week was perhaps the most normal part of his first official visit to Germany. Everything else shows that French-German relations, once the cornerstone of the EU’s architecture, have reached a low point.

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