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Holding Europe Together in the Age of Trump

Jan 21, 2017 | 14:18 GMT
Holding Europe Together in the Age of Trump
Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials will try to build ties with the administration of President Donald Trump to assuage concerns over changes to U.S. trade policy that could harm Germany's export-dependent economy.
(OLIVER DIETZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany, like many of its European neighbors, fears that the next U.S. government's policies could change the global order -- and not for the better, from where Berlin sits. Chief among Germany's concerns are that U.S. President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign promises to improve relations with Russia, undermine the future of NATO, end Iran's nuclear deal with the West and ignore climate change. But what officials in Berlin may be most worried about hits a little closer to home: German exports. After all, the Trump administration has already threatened to impose protectionist trade measures (including a 35 percent tariff on U.S. automobile imports) that would deal a heavy blow to Germany's export-based economy. Either way, the prospect of a colder relationship with Washington is making Berlin nervous, particularly at a time when the European Union is mired in deep political crisis. In the coming months Germany...

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