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The absence of a cogent U.S. president who is willing and able to encourage the EU to make further progress toward integration does not help matters. But European leaders must take responsibility for their own recalcitrance – and take action to save the EU.The good news is that popular support for the EU has improved markedly since the United Kingdom's Brexit vote in June 2016, creating a window of opportunity to deliver meaningful reform. Europe's leaders must do a better job of communicating the potential benefits of EU rule-setting in global trade to those who stand to gain from it.The same goes for other areas where the EU is showing valuable leadership. Now is the time for the EU to develop a fully public register of beneficial owners of trusts, while redoubling its push for global reform.Just beyond the EU's borders, the bloc's leaders must move quickly to offer Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has concentrated political power in his own hands, a new kind of relationship not based on eventual EU accession.The only way to protect the liberal world order is for other powers – beginning with the EU – to step into the breach.
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