This is an excellent must read article from the NYT. It argues that the British exit from the E.U. has put Angela Merkel and her colleagues in a tough position amid nationalistic shifts on the Continent.
There is a brilliant description of France ahead of the general election in March 2017. British Brexit negotiators need to expect hostility from France to try to deflect from France’s own weaknesses. My mind is grappling with the scenario that if Europe wants to play hardball with the UK perhaps Andrea Leadsom‘s plan for an immediate execution of Article 50 has some advantages – take the pain and pick up the pieces, after all Germany’s exporters will not want to lose the UK market?