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US election mudslinging – Europe’s future?

Clinton or Trump? The most indecorous and tasteless presidential election in the history of the United States is finally due to end. Could this style of politics become a model for European countries?

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Our guests:


Alan Posener is an author and commentator for the daily journal “Die Welt”. He says: “What happens in the US is the attack of a fascist on democracy. And yes, that is also a trend in Europe. See Putin, Erdogan, Kaczinski, Orban, Le Pen”.


Stefan Prystawik is a German-American publicist and member of the Republican party. He says presidential election times in America have been rough and tumble throughout history. What we are presently witnessing, however, ‎is a "bullshit" candidate who has hijacked an entire political movement to his own end and essentially stands for nothing but his hyper-inflated ego.

Sabine Müller-Thum works for ARD radio in Berlin. Until 2013 she was correspondent in Washington. She says: “German politics are not nearly a dirty as in the U.S. yet, but we’re definitely on a worrying downward trajectory”.