Europe fears transat­lantic rift

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BRUSSELS: Euro­pean lead­ers said yes­ter­day that they may have to stand alone with­out the US once Don­ald Trump en­ters of­fice, rais­ing the prospect of an un­prece­dented breach in transat­lantic re­la­tions after Trump’s com­ments that the EU is bound for a breakup and Nato is ob­so­lete.

Trump said in a week­end in­ter­view with the Times of Lon­don and Ger­many’s Bild that the 28-na­tion EU was a ve­hi­cle for Ger­man in­ter­ests and said that he was in­dif­fer­ent to the bloc’s fate. He also said he was com­mit­ted to Euro­pean de­fence even as he ex­pressed scep­ti­cism about Nato’s cur­rent con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Trump’s at­ti­tudes have alarmed Europe, which is fac­ing a wave of elec­tions this year in which anti-im­mi­grant, Euroscep­tic lead­ers could gain in power.

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