'American Psycho': Europe reacts to Trump's victory

US Presidential Election: Europe reacts to Donald Trump's victory

Donald Trump

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's only been a day since Donald Trump was voted America's president-elect in a result which sent shockwaves around the world. 

America has been left divided by the announcement, with protests across the country as Donald Trump lays out his 100-day plan for the first stage of his presidency.

Trump's approach to Europe is a key topic of discussion at present, and the reaction of many European titles suggests they're fearing the worst.

In Britain, like America, the media reaction has been divided and fairly restrained, with many columnists and editorials mourning the victory whilst others rejoiced. In mainland Europe, however, the reaction has been more strident.

One French newspaper, leftist daily Liberation, headlined its piece 'American Pyscho', while another news outlet, Le Figaro, suggested Trump will cause World War III if he manages to implement his ideas.

In Spain, the left-leaning Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia published a leading article which read: "Donald Trump has won, and in Spain, no one seems to want him.

"Europe has lost the Anglo-saxon world. God save Europe!"

Another Spanish newspaper, El Pais, published an interview with two Mexican immigrants living in Miami. One said that Trump would crush his American dream if he kicks out the Mexican migrants living in the US, adding he "wouldn't know what to do" if he was turfed out of the country that has become his home.

Bild, a daily German tabloid, has posted several articles, with one article asking plainly: "He [Trump] makes negative sentiment towards migrants, questions NATO, and wants to foreclose his country against globalization.

"Donald Trump came to the White House with populism and bullying. Could such a politician even succeed?"

Another takes a much more melancholic approach by asking a sad question: "How do I explain Trump to my child?" and it points out that there's "no turning back now".  

It's safe to say that this latter phrase could probably apply to the whole of 2016. Clarity on exactly what Donald Trump's presidency means for the wider world, however, will only come with time.