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November 15
6:00 AM 2016

During the period of the campaign for the US Presidential election, several leaders from the European countries had shown opposition to Trump's candidacy for he has a tendency to overturn the Western security arrangements which have maintained the European solidity for 70 years now. 

 But as the US Presidential election concludes proclaiming Donald Trump as the 47th president of the United States of America, the united opposition is divided with each nation making their own decision with different assumptions on how Trump would make use of the power vested upon him.

The leaders in Britain seem to be enthusiastic in adopting Trump in a proposal to influence the president's decision-making. On the other hand, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, has declared that she is looking forward to doing business with President-elect Trump as long as he closely cuts to the values of lenience of the Western region. During the previous week, Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President, whined that Europe would only waste two years waiting for Republican Trump to study about how the governments of world function.

The diverse outlooks among the European leaders towards Trump's administration would show that the Western Alliance under his presidency would be chaotic, unpredictable and more splintered compared to what it was before. After the years of economic chaos, Europe has been having a hard time bringing itself together which was worsened by Britain's vote of June to leave the European Union.

Trump, however, described his own victory as "Brexit times five".

"We should regard it as a moment of opportunity," Boris Johnson, British Foreign Secretary said to the journalists during a meeting of European foreign ministers on Monday. Johnson even said that Trump is a "dealmaker".

Pierre Vimont, a former French-diplomat who is also a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe, said: "The whole question is whether they're going to show unity on all of these matters, or whether they're going to move on this in a bilateral way, each one going to Washington to try to make the best possible deal with the new American president."

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