Trump’s ‘great’ America or Clinton’s village: the U.S. transition

Jupiter, Florida, March 8, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a press conference as results come in from primaries in Michigan, Idaho, Mississippi and the Hawaii caucuses (source: dpa)
Jupiter, Florida, March 8, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a press conference as results come in from primaries in Michigan, Idaho, Mississippi and the Hawaii caucuses (source: dpa)

On January 21, 2017, the 45th President of the United States will be inaugurated. Changes of administration in Washington differ from those in other democracies. If the Republicans win the White House, up to 5,000 senior officials will be replaced; the outgoing Democrats will become something of a “government in exile.” But next year will be even more of a departure from the norm. It could pose a particular challenge to Europe.

No matter who wins the elections on November 8, the U.S. will become a different republic. Bipartisanship has been displaced by obstructive polarization. While President Barack Obama considered healing domestic fault lines as his first priority, these rifts wid...

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