Emmanuel Macron likes to think big. And soon he will have a big decision to make. When the European Council meets this week, the French president will play a crucial role in judging Britain’s request for a prolongation of the vexed process of Brexit. Whether the British ask for a short or a long extension, Macron and his EU colleagues will still be facing variants of the same question — what role do they see for Britain within Europe? Is Britain best treated like some sort of gangrenous limb that needs to be swiftly amputated, in the interests of the health of the EU as a whole? Or is it a wayward but important member of the family, that needs to be coaxed back into the European fold? There is great exasperation with the British government across the EU. But the German government seems inclined to give Britain a long extension, if that is what is asked for. Leading members of the German establishment, including Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the Christian Democrats and likely...

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