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European politicians ponder Trump presidency

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>> Next up on Nigel Farage's agenda, the Republican convention in Cleveland. The ex-UK Independence party leader is heading there to dole out lessons from his Brexit campaign. So is Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom party, who sees Donald Trump as an ally in his crusade to prevent an Islamization of the West.
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Reuters special correspondent Noah Barkin says it's finally dawned on European politicians, that a Trump presidency could become reality.>> There is a recognition that here in Germany and in other European countries that after period of denial, that Donald Trump could become the next President of the United States.
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He's gonna be presumably, anointed the Republican candidate at the Convention on Monday. So I don't think it's so much a fear, but there's a level of pragmatism that has crept in. People know that at a certain point they may have to deal with Trump, so they better get to know him as soon as possible.
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Two German lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party who I spoke to said they were going out to hear from Donald Trump about his foreign policy, which he hasn't said a lot about it. Some of what he has said has been contradictory, so they want to hear more about that.
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I think they're also going to see whether there is perhaps a shift in tone from Donald Trump, towards a more inclusive approach. After the Brexit vote in the UK, there's a sense here on the Continent that there's a disconnect between mainstream politicians, the political establishment, and the people.
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The factors that drove the Brexit vote were immigration, income inequality, the forces of globalization. And I think those are the same forces which are fueling the Trump presidential candidacy.