From Brexit to Trump, Europe reels from year of crisis

Soul-searching has been the order of the day in Brussels ever since the body-blow of Britain's vote to become the first country to leave the EU in its 60-year historyThe European Union’s founders believed its unity would be forged in crisis, but after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump the bloc and the geopolitical order that underpin it look shakier than ever. On Sunday foreign ministers from the 28 EU countries will hold talks in Brussels on the impact of a president who has previously questioned the decades-old transatlantic pact to defend the continent. EU President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that the events of 2016 were a “warning sign for all who believe in liberal democracy”, and urged Europe to “finally get our act together”.

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