9 November 2016

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, sent a joint letter to congratulate Mr Trump, stressing the need for continued cooperation between the EU and the US before issuing an open invitation to a summit in Europe:

In frank comments to Europe1 radio, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, said that Trump’s victory was the result of “a protest vote” akin to Brexit, adding:

It will be difficult [for the EU], it will be harder than the previous administration but it is a democratically elected president. We will work with him as with all other presidents. We must respect the future president of the U.S. Let’s hope that he also respects the fundamental values of our sovereign nations.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told public broadcaster ARD:

Of course, we Europeans know as NATO partners that Donald Trump will ask himself what we are contributing to the alliance. But we will also be asking, what is your position on the alliance. Many questions are open. A responsible and open America is in our interests.

Heiko Maas, German Justice Minister from the centre-left SPD, tweeted, “The world will not collapse, it just becomes even crazier.”:

The SPD’s foreign policy spokesman Niels Annen also told the ZDF broadcaster:

With Mr. Trump we really don’t know what we’re facing.

Also in Germany, AfD Deputy leader Beatrix von Storch said:

The victory of Donald Trump is a signal that the citizens of the Western world want a clear political change… With Mr. Trump we really don’t know what we’re facing,” SPD foreign policy spokesman Niels Annen told the ZDF.

In France, Alain Juppé, frontrunner for next year’s French presidential election, released a statement saying:

The world needs a measured American democracy that contributes to the world’s stability – which is seriously under threat nowadays…More than ever, the French need a solid Europe, that imposes itself as an interlocutor for the big poles of tomorrow’s world.

Also in France, the Front National’s Marine le Pen tweeted her congratulations to Mr Trump and the American people, while Florian Philippot, the FN Vice-President, suggested the result represented a change in the direction of world affairs when he tweeted “Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built.”:

Spain’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told Onda Cero this morning:

During election campaigns, one says many things that probably aren’t said anymore once one is in government.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told public broadcaster Radio Rai:

Friendship and cooperation between Italy and the US will continue. These things don’t change, just as our opposition to protectionism and closeness doesn’t change either.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek tweeted (credit @HenryJFoy):

Apparently this is a start of a new era of Euro-Atlantic relations… Czechia & USA are bound by a long-term friendship & strategic partnership that I believe will continue with the same intensity as of today.

Further afield, the Press Association reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his congratulations in a telegram to Mr Trump, stating his “hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state,” and expressing confidence in:

Building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community.