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May courts Germany, France in foreign trip

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>> She might not expect a soft landing for her first foreign trip. British Prime Minister Theresa May is kicking off her two day Euro tour Wednesday. The new UK leader will come face-to-face with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande for the first time since Britain voted to leave the EU.
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A raft of issues will be on the table. But as Reuters' Will James notes, one in particular would dominate Brexit.>> We know that Theresa May's government is in no rush to trigger Article 50, the formal legal process for leaving. But we also know that people in Europe want her to get on with it and do it straight away.
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Is what would be really interesting to see from these meetings is how much personal pressure there is from Angela Merkel. How much personal pressure there is from Francois Hollande to get on with that process and to get it moving. And also how May responds to that.>> First stop Berlin, for a bilateral meeting and working dinner with Merkel.
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Then it's France on Thursday where counter-terrorism is also set for discussion after the massacre in Nice last week. The fact Germany and France are her first ports of call no coincidence.>> What people will really be looking for from these meetings is a sense of the personal relationship that develops between Theresa May and Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.
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That will be key to defining how these talks go. We know that David Cameron had a decent relationship with Angela Merkel, a little bit more frosty with Francois Hollande. It would be really interesting to see how close they are, how warm the nature of the talks is. Because Britain needs Germany and France on side if it's to get what it wants out of the Brexit talks.
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>> Expect smiles and handshakes as the leaders of the three most powerful EU countries meet. But nobody can escape this now one person in attendance out to change all of that.