Spain, France and Germany have the largest high-speed train networks after China and Japan.
The world’s largest country has 11 time zones across its hemispheric span.
No longer a prime meridian country, the former empire still reigns with a dozen time zones.
If Italy’s government tames its radical instincts it could be allowed to get away with a few things. But if it is confrontational with the EU it will be heading for trouble.
Germany’s SPD has long seen Macron as a beacon of hope. But his stance on migration policy will greatly frustrate them – and rob Angela Merkel of her European cover.
However hard they try, U.S. presidents lack the power of a French president to transform their nation.
France and Germany will be very flexible in their response to Italian demands, irrespective of the official rhetoric from Berlin and Paris.
What is the middle ground that both Germany and France can agree on to move economic and financial reforms in the EU forward?