The 45th President of the United States is Donald J. Trump. Few commentators expected things to play out like this, and most had dismissed Trump’s chances as vanishingly small. In the event, Trump lost the popular vote by a margin of over 2%. Yet he won the White House, and now he’s moving into the oval office.
The Trump victory will have a huge impact on global politics. It will also affect us here in Europe. But will the incoming president be good for Europe? Much ink has been spilled over Trump’s bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s also widely-known that Trump feels America’s NATO allies should be doing more to pull their weight in the world. He’s also been highly critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handling of the refugee crisis, and he very much supports Brexit and is dismissive of the European Union.
What does this mean for Europe? Could Trump force Europe to close ranks, and to look to itself for security and stability? Does this mean the end of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU-US free trade agreement which Trump has been so critical of? Will he herald a new age of protectionism, and tit-for-tat trade wars?
Will Trump’s presidency be good for Europe? Does he have the temperament to make a great leader? Will he pursue an isolationist agenda, turning his back on foreign policy? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!