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One of the main arguments made in support of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union is that the U.K. will be able to negotiate better trade deals with other countries – and even with Europe – if it is on its own.While Brexit itself is nothing to celebrate, the process has at least shown that Europe is strongest when it is challenged.Slowly but surely, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the bloc's two most powerful leaders – have shown signs of coming together to pursue long-overdue EU-level reforms.According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, if a referendum on EU membership were held today, 83 percent of Europeans would vote to remain in the bloc, and a record-high 60 percent regard EU membership as a "good thing" for their country.Trump's tariffs have thus provided a perfect opportunity for Germany's grand-coalition government to meet Macron halfway on his ambitious proposals to reform the EU and the eurozone.Trump's "America First" policies represent a misguided return to the naked nationalism and protectionism of a bygone era. In addition to Brexit and Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin's revanchism and China's growing assertiveness are upending the global order.
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