Apocalypse Now: European Media Melts Down Over Trump Speech

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Holly Ellyatt writes at CNBC.com of the reaction in Europe to GOP nominee Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night.

Donald Trump might have whipped the crowds into a frenzy with his first speech as the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, but Europe looked on with a mixture of criticism, fear and bemusement.

Giving his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, Trump attacked his rival Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and reiterated his pledges to make America both “safe” and “great” again.

Trump’s speech focused on the “threat” to the U.S. posed by terrorism, immigration and what he called “unfair” trade deals. In addition, he said that he was the only man who could challenge the elite and “fix” the country. His was a campaign for “Americanism” not “globalism,” he added.

The image of Trump in front of a line of American flags at the convention dominated European newspapers’ front pages on Friday with a mixture of reactions to the Republican candidate’s manifesto and musings on what the world might look like if he became president of the world’s most powerful nation.

In London, the left-leaning Guardian newspaper said in its lead that the Republican had struck an “authoritarian tone in [a] convention speech focusing on recent terrorist attacks and police killings to assure Americans’ safety will be restored.” The right-leaning Telegraph noted that Trump had promised Americans to be the “law and order candidate” and had, in the process, painted what one journalist called a “dark and terrifying” portrait of America.

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