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America’s Oldest Ally Has a Bone to Pick

French President Emmanuel Macron, second right, walks arm in arm with US President Joe Biden at the Group of Seven leaders summit in June 2021.

French President Emmanuel Macron, second right, walks arm in arm with US President Joe Biden at the Group of Seven leaders summit in June 2021.

Photographer: Neil Hall/EPA

Seen from Washington, Europe must look like a mess right now.

Flirting with recession, the continent is mired in an energy crisis that makes President Joe Biden’s efforts to tame gasoline prices seem like a stroll in the Rose Garden.