The word most used by German politicians in reaction to Donald Trump’s success is : “shocked.” All but one party expected Hillary Clinton to win.
After congratulating Trump on his victory, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, had another Message for Trump: “Democracy, freedom, respect for the law and the dignity of man no matter where one comes from, what color their skin has, what they believe what political views they have, if they are a man or woman, if they are hetero- or homosexual. Those are the values that Germany and the US share with each other. Based on these values I [Angela Merkel] offer the future President of the United States, Donald Trump, close cooperation.”
With this offer, Merkel seems way more relaxed than other German politicians. Although most try to stay optimistic, they admit that working with Trump will be more difficult than with Obama. Gregor Gysi of the Left Party fears that Trump will fuel social injustice; his party comrade Sarah Wagenknecht says she is more afraid of Trump than of Putin.
In Germany, general elections will be held next year and some see the US election as a warning sign that similar hate-campaigns might be victorious in Germany. The Party that seems to share the most similarities with Trump, the AFD, is delighted over his win. They see it as a sign that the citizens of the western world want a clear political change. Beatrix von Storch, a member of the AfD, also said that Trump does not have to be feared, since most people “don’t eat as hot as they cook.”
German Newspapers succeeded in staying mostly subjective. The title of the Frankfurter Allgemeine was for example: „Trump wants to be the president for all Americans“. The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote „Trumps Triumph churns Europa up“. The newspaper Welt kompakt used the „mirror writing“, so the headline was in the other way around: „Die Welt steht Kopf”: The world turned upside down. German reporters have informed the people about the news in a professional and serious manner.
The ZDF (TV-channel in Germany) broadcasted the election live. Although it was quite obvious that Donald Trump only needed some votes to win the election, the moderators were serious and did not report the results prematurely. When Trump got all the votes he needed, the ZDF confirmed that this man will become the new president of the United States of America.
Other reactions however were quite different, especially on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter & Co. Within hours, caricatures and jokes about Trump and the US-election were spread. In general, the community was not happy with the result of the election.
Annemarie D., Marie L.