Trump and Europe
Merkel’s reality check
Trump and Europe Merkel’s reality check, The German criticism of Trump is also in the USA for attention. Merkel, Gabriel, and Schulz only say what has long been denied: the world has radically changed – and must react.
Donald Trump has long forgotten his little journey around the world. The US president was running twinkling through the White House again. He laid a wreath at the Arlington military cemetery. He advised with his lawyers how best to draw from the escalating Russian armies. Everything the same.
In Germany, however, there seems to be no more than before. Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and SPD candidate Martin Schulz withdrew afternately on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Trump unconcerned. FDP chairman Christian Lindner, on the other hand, warned against a transatlantic alienation: “It links us with the US more than a single presidency could destroy.”
That’s true, of course. Nevertheless, Trump has achieved his short-term goal: he has created restlessness in the post-war alliance, with his rude gestures and words triggered a debate, which has been overdue at the latest since his election victory, but now promptly runs out of control.
For the German Trump discussion is not only an inner one, which is about the election campaign, political profile and Trump as a stimulus theme and finally times ideal ideal enemy image of the ugly American. But also a discussion, which in turn echoes outside and back to the USA, where it began, endlessly potentiated by the echocomers of the social media.
Here, the German Trump criticism makes for vermin, as if one were actually surprised by it. A “potentially seismic shift in transatlantic relations”, the New York Times analyzed Merkel’s beer tale: “Germany is becoming the dominant power.” The TV station NBC saw “signs of widening cracks” in the “global post-war” order. America’s ex-NATO ambassador Ivo Daalder went even further and already called “the end of an era”. Bye-bye, Germany.