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cheap Canada Goose BERLIN Ever since Donald Trump became president, European leaders have sought to read his mind on what he thinks about the old continent. While thousands of policy papers have been produced in the process,two handshakes may be more telling.

Canada Goose Parka The first one never happened. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the canada goose uk outlet Oval Officelast March, a visiblyunenthusiastic Trump deliberately or accidentally ignored calls to shakeher hands. Merkel sat through it,as she often does.

canada goose Alerted by the awkwardness of the scenes that unfolded in the Oval Office that afternoon, and during subsequent meetings with other world leaders, Merkel’sFrench counterpart Emmanuel Macron didn’t take any chances when it was his turnlast May. buy canada goose online canada goose jacket cheap Macron opted for an unusually prolonged, quite possibly painful, canada goose coats white knuckle handshakethat was supposed to conveya clear message: Don’t underestimate the French president, Mr. President.

Canada Goose Outlet «My uk canada goose handshake with him it wasn’t innocent,» Macron acknowledged Canada Goose Parka in a subsequent interview.»That’s how you ensure you are respected. You have to show you won’t make small concessions not even symbolic canada goose factory sale ones.»

Canada Goose Jackets Neither Macron nor Merkelshare many similarities with Trump. Macron won the French presidency by running on a centrist, globalist premise, even though his critics have recently compared his buy canada goose jacket governing style as somewhat similar to Trump’s canadian goose jacket strategy. Merkel canada goose uk shop may be the leader of Germany’s conservative party, but she is also more likely to enter the history books as a (sometimes accidental) champion of liberal values.

canadian goose jacket But only one of the Canada Goose Jackets twoEuropean leadersappears to have earned Trump’s respect and it isn’tMerkel.

canada goose clearance sale President Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photograph prior to a meeting on the eve of the G 20 summit in Hamburg, July 6, 2017. (Michael Kappeler/pool photo via AP)

Canada Goose online «Macron has been very clever and successful in portraying his differences with Trump as issue cheap canada goose uk by https://www.canadagoosesale.biz issue, whereas in reality, there are major philosophical differences about the world order and Trump’s role in dismantlingit,» saidNicholas Dungan, a France based senior fellow with the Atlantic Council. «Macron cheap Canada Goose has decided to handle Trump on Trump’s terms.»

buy canada goose jacket When Trump visited Macron in Paris last July to attend canada goose clearance sale a military parade, their then cordial handshake lasted canada goose clearance a full 29 seconds. «All the French pomp and uk canada goose outlet circumstance comes close canada goose to his ideas what a real presidency should look like. (Meanwhile), Merkel stands for many things Trump loathes: current account surpluses, a progressive immigration policy, modesty,» said Stephan Bierling,an international politics professor at the University of Regensburg.

canada goose coats on sale Somewhat surprisingly, the German chancellor who is known for her obsession with details and pragmatism, has made her dealings with Trump a matter of principles.

As much as Trump mayfavor his new French companion, though, there won’t Canada Goose Outlet be any escape from Merkel this week. With both European leaders set to visit the White House, their vastly different approaches to the presidentwill be on public display once again especiallygiven that Macronwill be honored with a three day state visitwhile Merkel is set to arrive for a far less glamorous working visit.

canada goose black friday sale Their vastly different relationships with Trump may come down to a number of factors:

canada goose deals Macron appears to believe that isolating Trump or treating him as an outcast of international politics would be counterproductive, even if the two may not agreemost of the time. That stands in a strong contrast to Merkel who offered to work with Trump only afterlistingher conditionshours after his November 2016 victory: respect for «democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, canada goose uk black friday regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.» Lecturing the most powerful man on earth may not have beenher most pragmatic decision. Her French counterpart Macron, now sometimes dubbed Canada Goose online the «Trump whisperer,» fears that such apreachy approachmay only feed into hisperception of being the head of a country unfairlyburdened with defending the canada goose black friday sale liberal world order he wants to dismantle. «Macron has a strong sense of reality and his sense of reality tells him that he will have vastly more marginto maneuver globally if Trump stays out of his way,» said Dungan. The French president is also better equipped to calm Trump’s anger about Canada Goose Coats On Sale Europe’s military reluctance. While Merkel is the head of a country where pacifism is deeply ingrained inthe contemporary politicalDNA and where the military usually only makes headlines over its lack of equipment,Macron was able and willing to team up with the United States and Britain for strikes against the Assad regime in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack inSyria.

canada goose coats In international relations, bonding experiences can make a big difference. (Allegations of lewd sexual behavior against Trump probably haven’t helped.) Merkel and May also don’t play golf or find military parades particularly intriguing two other possible ways of pleasing the world’s most powerful man. In contrast to Macron’s strong mandate,which his critics say he has used toessentially turn France into a one party state, Merkel rules in a coalition government withthe Social Democrats, who have canada goose coats on sale been Canada Goose Online extraordinarily outspoken against Trump. French President Emmanuel Macron bids farewell to hisPresident Trump after the annual Bastille Day canada goose store military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue Canada Goose sale in Paris on July 14, 2017. (Alain Jocard/AFP via Getty Images)

Canada Goose sale Yet, not everyone is convinced that Macron’s Trump strategy can yield tangible results. «The danger is that Macron advertises the idea that somehow he has Trump under control. Nobody has Trump under control,» said Atlantic Council fellow Dungan.

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