January 20, 2017
We bring you extensive coverage on Mr. Trump’s lengthy interview with a German and a British paper, Bild and Times. In the interview, he reiterated much of what he said on the campaign trail regarding NATO, the EU and Brexit, even though some of his nominated cabinet members hold quite different opinions.
The reaction of German and continental European politicians was concerned and furious. A common theme developed that in light of Mr. Trump, Europe has to stick together, and the USA will have no say in what Europe decides to do. (In this regard, please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Trump Declares War on Europe,” as well as our German AufPostenStehen program with the same subject, titled, “Trump Erklärt Europa den Krieg.” )
The German press was also unanimously defiant of Mr. Trump. Der Spiegel wrote: “Divide and conquer. In Trump’s world, there are no allies, only competitors who have to be weakened.”
Bild wrote about Mr. Trump that he is “disturbingly honest and disturbingly different,” and that “he plays with fire”. The paper added that Mr. Trump is “the biggest political experiment since the end of the cold war.”
Der Tagesspiegel wrote that Mr. Trump has “no clear concept. He reveals himself as a helpless individual. His capability and his unpredictability give opportunity and danger.”
Der Nordbayrische Kurier describes Mr. Trump as someone who disturbs the world. “His recklessness may prompt unforeseen conflicts. Hopefully, there will not be a rude awakening.”
Der Mannheimer Morgen wrote: “The answer to Trump and Putin is a united Europe.” Das Flensburger Tagblatt agreed, saying: “Europe must unify; otherwise, Trump will run all over us.” Der Tierische Volksfreund wrote: “Trump attacks the EU because it is very powerful economically.”
Additional articles on the controversies surrounding Mr. Trump are also included in this special edition, as well as revealing reports about Europe’s “compelled” move to unite militarily; news about Israel; the coming final departure of the UK from the EU; and perceived or real anti-Semitic tendencies in Germany.