Lessons of the American election for Europe and the world
Despite years of disastrous economic policy, and an even more catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 crisis, US President Donald Trump received substantially more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. His blustering in the name of America was seen as standing up for the country by these voters – and they will not go away. For countries around the world that believe in democracy, this means they will have to build a new international order, one that does not rely on US leadership. In this crucial moment, Europe’s full-throated support for democracy and human rights is vital.