Food for Thought: "Don't Make the World Afraid Again"

"What should Europe expect from Trump?," fragt Wolfgang Ischinger in einem Meinungsbeitrag für "The New York Times" im Nachgang zu den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen.

Wolfgang Ischinger, Vorsitzender der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz (Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann).

America owes Donald J. Trump an open mind and a chance to lead, Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. So does Europe.


But understandably, Europeans are deeply worried about some of the views expressed by Mr. Trump during the campaign. This moment of trans-Atlantic uncertainty must end quickly. It is essential for the president-elect to explain his plans without delay. How will he square the circle between strengthening America's global role while at the same time reducing America's foreign commitments – both goals he has announced? If he really means what he says about the value of NATO (or lack thereof), what exactly does he intend to do?


Both Europe and Mr. Trump need to switch now from campaign mode to policy mode. Instead of waiting for the Trump inaugural speech, Europe should enumerate its own policy expectations and demonstrate how much the United States can continue to benefit from a close partnership with it. Click here to continue reading.



Wolfgang Ischinger ist Vorsitzender der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz und lehrt an der Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Von 2001 bis 2006 war er Deutscher Botschafter in Washington, D.C.. Dieser Artikel wurde am 12. November 2016 in der New York Times veröffentlicht.

14. November 2016, von Wolfgang Ischinger