RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It was arguably the stark contrast that so fascinated the audience: On the one side the young French President, who is brimming with ideas and ruthlessly challenges old convictions; on the other the exhausted German politicians, who say nothing wrong, but also nothing that has not been heard a thousand times before.

Emmanuel Macron's motto at the Munich Security Conference, on the other hand, was: "I believe in politics, in the will of the people to change things". And he was very clear about what he wanted to change.

The president called for investments to . . .

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