On his first visit to Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel narrowly won an election last month, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed his determination to engage Germany in a debate to push forward his European reforms.

“I believe that, if you have a vision, you shouldn’t go to the doctor but you should open a debate,” Macron said in Frankfurt on October 10, where he was due to meet Merkel and attend the opening of an annual book fair.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, the 39-y...

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