German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her special address as part of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Europe's new power duo Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel were hailed Thursday as defenders of the liberal international order, stepping into a global leadership void created by Britain's Brexit and Donald Trump's "America First" policy.In highly awaited speeches ahead of Trump's arrival to the elite gathering in Davos, the French and German leaders insisted that while the world faces risks from all sides, populism and tighter borders will only make things worse.Macron, quickly dubbed the "Darling of Davos", used his speech Wednesday to urge a new definition of the capitalist order, saying globalization in its current form was not working as intended and needed recalibrating to stave off populism.
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