TEHRAN (Basirat)- The political earthquake caused by Donald Trump's victory in the US Presidential elections and the decision by Britain to become the first member state to leave the European Union has sent shock waves around Europe, fearing a backlash against the "arrogance of the political elite."
The political earthquake caused by Donald Trump's victory in the US Presidential elections and the decision by Britain to become the first member state to leave the European Union has sent shock waves around Europe, fearing a backlash against the "arrogance of the political elite."
Europe is already facing major problems of trust in the
institutions of the EU — the Barroso 'revolving doors' affair, tax
evasion, the migrant crisis, troubles in the Eurozone and a lack of
faith in the main institution of the EU.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker admitted in his State
of the Union speech in Strasbourg, September 14, 2016: "Our European
Union is, at least in part, in an existential crisis. But never before
have I seen such little common ground between our Member States. So few
areas where they agree to work together.
"Never before have I seen national governments so weakened by the
forces of populism and paralyzed by the risk of defeat in the next
elections. Never before have I seen so much fragmentation, and so little
commonality in our Union."
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Trump's path to the White House — and Britain's exit from the EU —
were both the result of growing opposition to the political
establishment and the disenfranchisement of ordinary people. Britain
gave both Westminster and Brussels a kicking — nobody minded what Brexit
would actually bring, as long as the politicians took a beating.
Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European
"The message is clear: it is now up to Europe. We must
be more self-confident and assume more responsibility. We do not know
what to expect from the USA."
For the political culture in Europe, this is another wake-up call.
We must consider the concerns and fears of the people more seriously and
give concrete and realistic answers."
The Trump victory and Brexit will come as a massive warning to German
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, both of
whom face elections in 2017, against a backdrop of deep unpopularity
and rising right-wing populism.
"After decades of US politics dominated by the two main parties,
Donald Trump's victory has highlighted the arrogance of the political
elite in the US. For years, both Republicans and Democrats have preached
to their voters that their own brand of democracy is superior and this
has backfired spectacularly," said GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer in the
"No individual, party or specific group can claim democracy as their
own. Similarly, no group or individual can decide for others what
The Greens/European Free Alliance MEP Reinhard Butikofer said:
"Under the auspices of 'freedom', whole sections of US society have been
socially, politically or economically excluded, exploited by a
self-serving elite and where human rights violations are common."
"For Europe, the imperative is an extremely challenging one: in the
middle of all our internal turmoil and our external woes we must move
quickly to build much stronger unity if we do not want to allow the
fallout of the Trump presidency to undermine Europe's future."