Back in 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Trump’s victory with a very serious warning. She said she would work with the US president under the condition that he respected democratic values. Things only became worse from thereon.
Four years later, Trump’s abrasive foreign policy moves, often unveiled in all-caps tweets, have alienated not just Germany, but much of European Union. According to Sudha David-Wilp, the transatlantic relationship is basically on life support. Sudha is a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Experts say there will be no magical healing of the EU-US rift. Even if Democratic challenger Joe Biden wins the November election.
How Europeans view Americans
America’s image among Europeans has plummeted to record low according to recent surveys by the Pew Research Center. Only 26% of Germans now hold a favorable view of the superpower. An associate at the Chatham House in Britain said the harsh judgment can be attributed to the mishandling of the pandemic by the Trump administration.
“Europeans look at America and think there are a lot of domestic issues. That they are just breaking the country apart and how can it be a good partner (at such a time)?’’ David-Wilp added.
But on a personal level too, there is no love between Europe’s most powerful woman and the real estate tycoon in the White House.
French President Emmanuel Macron tried to woo Trump with a military parade and a dazzling Eiffel Tower dinner before ties soured. Unlike him, Merkel never went out of her way to court the mercurial American.
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