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Truss meets with European leaders, signaling thaw in relations

By Mark Landler and Stephen Castle

06 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

After Brexit and years of fraying relations between Britain and the EU, there may be signs of an unlikely “détente.” The New York Times explains why.

LONDON — Six weeks ago, Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain refused to say whether President Emmanuel Macron of France was friend or foe. On Thursday, she turned up in Prague at the maiden meeting of Macron’s European Political Community, suggesting, on balance, that she’d rather be friends.

Truss’ appearance at the gathering of 44 nations was the latest in a perceptible warming trend toward Europe in the new British government. Whether it represents a genuine change of heart — or merely a government too preoccupied by economic problems to pick more fights across the English Channel — was not yet clear.

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