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Johnson and Macron Have Different Visions of a European Alliance

  • UK premier says broader European grouping was his idea
  • Turkey, north Africa region should be involved, says Johnson
Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, right, and Emmanuel Macron, France's president, in London, in June 2020. 

Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, right, and Emmanuel Macron, France's president, in London, in June 2020. 

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his ambitions for a broad new European political grouping last month. Now UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to have taken ownership of it -- and he wants to include Turkey.

“I actually claim paternity of this idea,” Johnson told reporters traveling to the NATO summit in Madrid on Tuesday. “I had this idea back when I first became foreign secretary.”