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With President Trump now into his first full week in office, it is time to begin examining his likely impact on Europe. Not that there hasn’t been much commentary on his campaign and ostensible policies before. Long before Trump was elected president, the European press and politicians, unwisely taking their que from the viciously anti-Trump  American mainstream media, had declared Trump a ‘fascist’ (Der Spiegel), a “preacher of hate” (German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier), ‘clueless’ and a “threat to the whole world.” (EU’s parliament president, Martin Schulz). This is perhaps understandable, though not excusable, coming as it was from these predictable leftist sources. Unfortunately, this Trump derangement syndrome has become even more ubiquitous since his inauguration and not just from the Left.  A case in point is a long article


In the era of fake news, democracies need to protect themselves from a deluge of disinformation. False facts and unsubstantiated rumors not only provide fertile ground for political extremists to fool the public, they can also discredit and undermine the legitimacy of democratic institutions.   European countries facing general elections this year have become particularly vulnerable and concerned about fake news that can influence the outcome. Officials and analysts are looking at the conduct of the US elections as a negative precedent. American intelligence sources are convinced that Russian professionals created false stories to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump. Fake news was sent through Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other social media outlets, although no one can accurately measure how it swayed voters.   With Germany facing general