European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Reuters
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For Europe, already reeling from Britain's decision to leave its 28-member club, Donald Trump's election introduces a host of new uncertainties it is ill-equipped to tackle. Preoccupied by a growing anti-establishment mood across the continent, the European Union's leaders gave little thought to the idea a man dubbed "the pioneer of a new authoritarian and chauvinist international movement" by Germany's deputy chancellor could take power in the United States.For some, Europe must now step up and take more responsibility, both for its own security and the wider world, if the entrepreneur makes good on campaign talk of limiting U.S. defense commitments and other engagements abroad.EU leaders know that euroskeptic radicals, inspired by Trump and Britain's vote to leave the bloc in June, could exploit any attempt to tighten cooperation to condemn them to the same ignominious electoral fate as Hillary Clinton.The Norwegian head of NATO felt obliged to spell out that Trump could not renege on security guarantees.EU foreign ministers called a special meeting over dinner Sunday to discuss what Trump's America will mean for Europe.It was a result few in Europe had wanted, barring Hungary's authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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