At the beginning of July, Time described Emmanuel Macron as the James Bond of international politics, but the
French president’s mission is much more important than the plot of any 007 film. He is tasked with turning a dream into a reality: a new Europe, rising from its own ashes like a phoenix. As part of this effort, Macron is keen to demonstrate his credentials as a fully-fledged politician, not a mere child prodigy. He holds all the cards to make his plan a success, but it remains unclear if he possesses the timing to play them properly.

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