Germany’s vox populi do not seem to agree with the US candidate and many, including those who quite agree with his stances on world markets and free trade, are still fearful of him.
Many Germans were outraged after US presidential hopeful Donald Trump had insulted rival Hillary Clinton as she was compared to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her refugee policies. Mr Trump said that in the refugee camps crime has risen and caused havoc for the German economy.
Unlike in 2008, people cheered for US President Barack Obama when he was still campaigning for his second term.
The VDMA, which represents about 3,000 German engineering companies including Bosch and Siemens, Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann said:
“We have been worried because the U.S. traditionally was very open-minded toward free trade and was a good partner in developing any trade agreements,” Brodtmann said.
“Some of [Trump's] claims and fears look very similar to ours, but they come from a different place entirely,” said Maritta Strasser, a lead trade campaigner for the nongovernmental organization Campact — which helped form an alliance to collect more than 3 million signatures against the EU-U.S. deal.
“I’m really terrified: I’d think he’d be of great harm to the world,” she said, explaining that Trump’s “us against them” mentality differs from her organization’s progressively oriented approach toward policy.