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In back-to-back visits, Macron and Merkel look for manageable middle with Trump

It's a question that Europe has been posing for more than a year: How do you solve a problem like the Donald?

The continent’s heaviest political hitters offered their answers to that question this week, as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought in turn to figure out what makes President Trump tick, and how to head off a looming transatlantic rupture.

They did so in very different styles: Mr. Macron flaunted a “bromance” with Mr. Trump during his three-day state visit to Washington, while Ms. Merkel displayed her customary restraint on a three-hour working trip. But neither claimed

Practical realities‘Allies are not poodles’

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