Der Spiegel, a long-running and well-respected German magazine, released its latest cover art Friday, which depicts an asteroid in the shape of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's head barreling toward Earth. The cover text reads, "Das ende der welt (wie wir sie kennen)" — 'the end of the world as we know it.'
Der Spiegel, which means "the mirror" in German, focuses on exposing scandals and revealing corruption to the public, and its publishers have brooked no quarter when it comes to Trump, who is of German-Scottish descent.
Der Spiegel's English outlet reports that Europeans are increasingly worried about the election of Donald Trump, a concern reflected in the apocalyptic cover art.
"We hope that we are not facing greater instability in international politics," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Der Spiegel. "During his campaign, Trump was critical not just of Europe, but also of Germany. I believe we must prepare for American foreign policy becoming less predictable."
Vice chancellor and head of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel took a darker view; "Trump is a warning to us as well. He is the harbinger of a new authoritarian and chauvinistic international movement."
Europeans are worried that the alliance between the U.S. and European nations will crumble under Trump, ending a century of cooperation. Some of this concern stems from the fact that Trump has been vocally supportive of Vladimir Putin in the past. Others worry his hateful rhetoric could be its undoing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that Germany would not subscribe to Trump's divisive and fear-mongering campaign message, saying "Democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for human dignity, regardless of ancestry, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political leanings; on the basis of these values, I offer the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation."
Der Spiegel identifies a potential "silver lining" for Europeans in that Trump's rejection of their values and the absence of the U.S. as an Allied nation may actually create a stronger, more unified Europe.
Elmar Brok, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament explains, "Josef Stalin was the first unifier of Europe. In a certain sense, Trump has the opportunity to be the second."
Many Americans may not be aware that Germany and other countries in the European Union foresee a collapse in communication and rapport between the U.S. and our allies. Donald Trump is not liked by many overseas and his unpredictable, volatile personality must not offer much comfort. It's no wonder that they see Trump's election as the harbinger of 'the end of the world as we know it.'
"Fear can lead to unity," Brok explains, "and in this case, the fear is that America may no longer be there."
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