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EU’s Franco-German axis will stutter without the Brits, says Vestager

European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

EU’s Franco-German axis will stutter without the Brits, says Vestager

“I think we will see a new dynamic in the union, but it will take some time before we fully recover,” the EU competition and digital chief said.

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1/30/20, 3:08 PM CET

Updated 1/30/20, 3:45 PM CET

France and Germany will struggle to drive the EU without the British “energy” that helped Paris and Berlin work together, EU competition and digital chief Margrethe Vestager said today.

“One of the things we will be missing is of course the energy. Because we have a French-German axis – but part of the energy to make that axis work comes from, came from, the U.K.,” Vestager said when asked what she would miss about Britain.

Vestager said that other member countries, “maybe changing coalitions of member states,” would have to step into that void.

“I think we will see a new dynamic in the union, but it will take some time before we fully recover,” she said. Vestager attended the Brexit vote in the parliament on Wednesday, which she said was “really touching because you see it is real.”

Vestager also said she would miss the sense of humor of the Brits, which she said was similar to the Danish.

“I was very close to [former U.K. Commissioner] Jonathan Hill, I was sitting next to [Hill’s successor] Julian King when he was the Commissioner here and I miss them,

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