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Berlin’s Alliance With Paris Starts to Creak With EU in a Fix

France and Germany are at loggerheads on key policy areas as war rages on Europe’s frontiers.

France and Germany are at loggerheads on key policy areas as war rages on Europe’s frontiers.

Photographer: Omer Messinger/Getty Images Europe

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz were smiling as they posed for photos before a long dinner this week in Berlin, but there was a chill in the air.

Warm platitudes and hopeful words of future defense and energy collaboration by the French president and German chancellor belied the tensions that bubbled up during the meal they were about to have, people familiar with the matter in both their countries said.