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EU foreign ministers to hold Trump talks

"I hope that we aren’t facing bigger tectonic shifts in international politics."

EU foreign ministers to hold Trump talks
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

EU foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels on Sunday for an "informal dinner to exchange views on the way forward in EU-US relations" after Donald Trump won the US election on Tuesday, the EU foreign service said

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier requested the talks. He said US relations would be "harder" and "less predictable" than in the past. He added that the US campaign had left "deep scars".

"I believe the biggest challenge will be to meet the high expectations that Trump himself has created: to make America great again, also with a view to the economy, to create new jobs in the current economic environment, all that won’t be easy. Above all I hope that we aren’t facing bigger tectonic shifts in international politics," Steinmeiersaid.

"During his campaign Donald Trump has spoken critically not just about Europe, but particularly about Germany. I think we have to prepare for the fact that American foreign policy will be less predictable for us in the future. We have to be prepared for the fact [...] that America will be more inclined to make unilateral decisions in the future.”

The election of Donald Trump stirred controversy not only in Germany. French President Francois Hollande congratulated Trump on his victory but said that the election "opens a new period of uncertainty."