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Trump: the world's new uncertainty

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 02:02

Donald Trump's surge to victory in the U.S. presidential election prompts more questions than answers over what it means for America's relationship with the rest of the world. David Pollard reports.

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The diplomatic language rolls on as the world congratulates Trump. But a divisive election for the United States also forces big choices elsewhere. Some are less diplomatic about embracing them - especially with the future of NATO and EU-US relations in the balance. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "The result is other than what most people in Germany desired. But of course, we have to accept it and we do accept it." And a choice to work with Trump is not without other risks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSEPH BRAML, DGAP (German council for foreign relations) THINK-TANK EXPERT, SAYING: "There is a sour mood in Congress, there is a protectionist mood in Congress, and that is not good for a country that is supposed to uphold the liberal world order. Don't expect too much free trade coming from America. It could be the opposite: Protectionism!" (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY SAYING: "Britain and the United States are and will remain strong and close partners on trade ...." But others might see an opportunity - to make a friend of a US leader for whom Brexit was an inspiration. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PANMURE GORDON, MARKET COMMENTATOR, DAVID BUIK, SAYING: "So as far as the UK is concerned, this could be a good deal because with Hillary Clinton in the White House there would've been no chance of doing a really tasty, either free market deal or a sensible deal, with the United States on trade, now there's half a chance. I'll take that." Deals though may be more difficult with a man he's publicly admired. But whom many see as his nemesis. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RUSSIAN POLITICAL ANALYST, KONSTANTIN EGGERT, SAYING: "Moscow's hopes that Donald Trump is all about deals are going to be probably shattered by two facts, first of all Trump's idea of a deal is that he gets 100 percent and the other side gets zero, that's exactly Vladimir Putin's idea of a deal too." Trump is the answer for a US weary of globalisation and political elitism, he claims. For the rest of the world, the questions are just beginning.

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Trump: the world's new uncertainty

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 02:02