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The West on the Brink

To commemorate its founding 25 years ago PS is republishing a selection of commentaries written since 1994. In the following commentary, Joschka Fischer warned, just before the 2016 US presidential election, that a Donald Trump presidency could render the Western world unrecognizable.

BERLIN – This year and next, voters in leading Western democracies will make decisions that could fundamentally change the West – and the world – as we have known it for decades. In fact, some of these decisions have already been made, the main example being the United Kingdom’s vote in June to leave the European Union.