11 Jul 17. In Berlin a great deal of hope has been placed on France’s new president, and for good reason: Macron’s victory could be the last chance to stabilize and restore the EU’s legitimacy. If his presidency fails, it cannot be ruled out that anti-European and anti-German forces will surge to power in France in five years’ time. Regardless of which party wins the German election in September, it is in Berlin’s own interest that Macron’s presidency is a success. In Germany, most signs point to a victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel. But even if Martin Schulz were to pull off a dramatic upset and win the election, both candidates are strong champions of the European project and closer ties with France. Regardless of who wins, there are some areas in Franco-Germans relations where cooperation will be easier said than done.