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We didn’t have time to discuss it in depth on #Newsnight - but I wanted to add - @realDonaldTrump is tearing up the Transatlantic Alliance in a big way: next item on his take-down list, NATO. Watch at the upcoming NATO Summit .
Germany, with Angela Merkel - the antithesis to Trump - as its chancellor will be number one on the take down list. Trump smells blood around Merkel and is happy to play a role in trying to take her down. (See his interventions on crime stats in Germany & migrants.)
Of course - all of this bodes very badly for the rest of Europe and the West - Britain included - as @realDonaldTrump will not only be waging trade wars with his closest allies, but taking a sledgehammer to our collective defense.
And with a nice flourish to bang the nail into the coffin he will then go to meet Putin days after the NATO Summit.
All this against a backdrop of alt-right/xenophobic/ racist parties on the rise in the US and Europe (including Trumpian politics) proclaiming to be serving the ‘will of the people.’ Make no mistake - this is a very dangerous time for democracy.
The liberal democratic model that we value so dearly is no longer the aspirational norm - it is the exception. And it remains to be seen if it can survive under all the assaults it currently faces.
I wanted to add this on @BBCNewsnight as to the bigger global context re Merkel, Trump, Brexit - but no time. But we should start connecting the dots.
In the words of Steve Bannon in an article published in the @spectator recently - « you have to be willfully blind not to see it. »

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