Macron has been steadfast in his belief that the EU should stand firm on access to UK waters. He may be forced to compromise, however.
Scandinavia contains the biggest differences in how the Coronavirus is being tackled, with Sweden and its neighbours taking very different approaches.
The former Prime Minister also failed to grasp that Merkel was not going to do anything very much for him.
Allowing everything to be dominated by questions of personalities undermines essential thinking about matters of policy.
Our exit in will coincide with a new cycle of European elections which will redraw political power in the European Parliament and other EU institutions.
Despite talk of the negotiations getting bogged down, the French president seems to understand that the process is about politics more than legal complexity.
By reminding us that the EU status quo isn’t on the table, Juncker has done us a favour. Now May must set out her own stall.
The established parties have lost their grip on this contest, but their hold on other parts of the country’s system remains strong.
He is a talented populist and looks set to do well in next week’s Dutch election. The question is what he will do then.
Too many in the EU are looking at solutions for next year or the year after, such as a European border guard – able to be deployed even if the country concerned objects.