Here’s an excellent piece from Politico. It suggests that with Merkel likely headed for a fourth term as chancellor, much will depend on her choice of coalition partner in order to deliver EU reforms, with Germany being the innovator not France.
Source: For EU reforms, watch Germany, not France – POLITICO
This article reminds us just how much Macron has on his plate. We are reminded that compared to say the UK or Germany that France is completely unreformed, especially in the public sector. France as a country takes summer vacations seriously but in the autumn, we can expect strikes and disruption to protest at Macron’s reforms.
So the Politico argument that Germany will have more political wiggle room to lead on European reform makes sound sense.