The U.S. Elections Germany Looks Across the Atlantic with Anxiety and Hope

Even as a Biden victory seems increasingly likely, German political leaders are biting their nails. Four more years of Trump, many of them worry, could be disastrous for the trans-Atlantic relationship.
Trump and Merkel at the NATO summit in December 2019.

Trump and Merkel at the NATO summit in December 2019.

Foto: Peter Nicholls / REUTERS
Germany "would face a heightened need to more decisively defend all that Trump calls into question."

Nobert Röttgen, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, Germany's federal parliament

"Europe would have to come closer together" and "defend itself from the Trump regime."

Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament