German Chancellor Merkel’s is drumming together her team and will be chairing an “emergency meeting” this morning following the news of Republican candidate Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. election, German state-run broadcaster ARD reports. In the run-up to the U.S. election, senior members of Merkel’s government had made no secret of their hostility towards Donald Trump’s candidacy.

In August, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called Trump a “preacher of hate.” Merkel’s second-in-command, Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned American voters of impending doom if they elected Donal Trump. “[American’s could expect] shrinking GDP, fewer jobs and higher unemployment,” Gabriel told German magazine Der Spiegel.

Earlier this week, German President Joachim Gauck raised his concerned about the prospect of Trump victory, saying, “When I look at Washington, I am worried.”

German state-broadcaster DW News reported the mood in Berlin following tonight’s election results:

German politicians of all stripes lined up to express their shock at Republican Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen put a brave face on as she offered her comments on Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election, describing it as a “heavy shock,” before speculating on the future of NATO.

Member of the CDU’s coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), were similarly uncertain about what the result meant.

“With Mr. Trump we really don’t know what we’re facing,” SPD foreign policy spokesman Niels Annen told the ZDF broadcaster.

Opposition politicians described the Republican victory in more drastic terms. As the results began tipping in Trump’s favor, Green party leader Cem Özdemir called the possibility of his presidency a “break with the tradition that the West stands for liberal values,” and he warned that the United States could turn its back on the rest of the world.

The only German party to welcome Trump’s victory was the anti-mass migration party Alternative for Germany (AfD):

Deputy party leader Beatrix von Storch was quick to draw parallels with the European political situation. “The victory of Donald Trump is a signal that the citizens of the western world what a clear political change,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

This is how the leading German newspaper Die Welt saw the mood tonight — perhaps inside their newsroom:

And then the “Democrats Abroad election night party” in Berlin turned into a dumpster fire:

Confident supporters of Hillary Clinton in the German capital turned out to celebrate, but ultimately had nothing to cheer. Donald Trump’s upset win spoiled the party and left ex-pat Democrats utterly speechless.

The crowd of ex-pats who packed the Democrats Abroad election night party in Berlin to watch live election coverage by American broadcaster CNN was conspicuously young and conspicuously female. There had been much talk about apathy among so-called millennials in this campaign, but you wouldn’t have known that in the German capital. (…)

“I’m in too much of an emotional state,” said Jordan, when asked if she thought Clinton could still win. “No comment.” (…)

No one was in a talkative mood. And it was hard to blame anyone for that. These mostly young ex-pat Democrats had come to celebrate the election of the first female president of the United States.

Media coverage of Trump’s campaign has been entirely negative in Germany, pushing public opinion against the Republican candidate. An opinion poll claimed that 77 percent of Germans “fear strained US-German relations if Trump wins.”

In his victory speech, President-elect Trump expressed his desire to “work together” with other nations of the world. It’s time for the ruling elites in Berlin to come to terms with the reality and give President Trump the chance every elected head of the state fairly deserves.

[Cover image courtesy Bundesregierung, YouTube]


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