Germany braces for 'turbulent times' ahead

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his country must be ready for "turbulent" times during the term of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Steinmeier wrote in the daily Bild newspaper on January 22 that although Germany should prepare for "unpredictability and uncertainty" with the Trump administration, he is convinced that Berlin will find "attentive listeners" in Washington who know that "even big countries need partners in this world."

Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who has been criticized by Trump for allowing more than 1 million refugees to enter Germany since 2015 -- has said she would look to compromise with Trump on issues like trade and military spending.

Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on January 20 that Germany should prepare for a "rough ride" with the Trump administration and that Europe might have to create a new economic policy if Trump pursues protectionist trade practices.

Read more at RFE/RL.

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