In 2016 and 2017, leading nations of the Western world will make, or have already made, decisions that will fundamentally change “the West,” as it has been known for years. First, there was the Brexit vote in Great Britain and now there is Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president.
Will a third instance see France choose right-wing populist politician, Marine Le Pen, as president in the spring of 2017 – and thereby say no to Europe?
It seemed inconceivable that Mr. Trump could become the next U.S. president or that a majority in Great Britain could vote for the Brexit. But we’ve since learned otherwise. Apparently, the foundations of the Western world – European and trans-Atlantic cohesion, a Western outlook – are being shaken – and without any real awareness of the possible consequences.