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Macron's new Europe debuts in the shadow of war

By Roger Cohen

06 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The European Political Community, a group of 44 nations including non-EU members like Ukraine and the U.K., will convene for the first time today in Prague. The NYT explains why this is important.

PARIS — Ever restless in his quest to forge a Europe of independent strength, President Emmanuel Macron of France has a new brainchild, the 44-nation European Political Community, which will convene for the first time Thursday in Prague.

Larger than the 27-nation European Union, the new body includes countries like Ukraine and Moldova that are impatient with the long process of securing EU membership. A mild provocation to the United States, which was not invited, and a larger one to Russia, which sees any Western turn by countries on its border as incendiary, the association aims to give a voice to a broader Europe.

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