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At Frankfurt Book Fair, Politics Loom Large

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President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany during a Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday.

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“Books are a best weapons,” President Emmanuel Macron of France pronounced during a opening of a Frankfurt Book Fair, addressing a unifying energy of novel and language. “Without culture, there is no Europe.”

The French leader, who assimilated Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany during a opening rite of a world’s oldest book satisfactory Tuesday night, spoke of culture’s essential purpose in Europe, and of how it can be a unifying force during a time of rising nationalism. France is a guest of respect this year, and some-more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries are approaching to attend.

“Identity of denunciation lives by a confrontations with other languages,” Mr. Macron said.

He also asked Ms. Merkel to join him in his prophesy for overhauling a European Union, that he pronounced in a debate in Paris final month was “too slow, too weak, too ineffective.”

“History shows that in sequence to serve rise Europe, we need impulses from Germany and France,” Ms. Merkel responded, similar with a French boss on a significance of culture, though remaining deceptive about either she permitted his skeleton to renovate a bloc.

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The European leaders’ speeches underpinned a domestic undercurrent during this year’s book fair, that non-stop to a open on Wednesday and runs by Sunday. Both have been forced to understanding with hurdles from a far-right in elections this year.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/frankfurt-book-fair-macron.html

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