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Top EU official expresses unease over Trump election win

November 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top European Union official is expressing unease over the election of Donald Trump.

Pierre Moscovici, European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, said in a speech at Harvard University on Monday that Trump’s win last week demonstrated the decline of democratic values and the rise of populism both in the United States and in Europe.

Moscovici said he as well as many other Europeans were “surprised, that is an understatement” when Trump beat Hillary Clinton, who had been widely expected to win the U.S. presidential election. Now, he said, the EU “must remain open-minded, but also vigilant.”

The EU official also said he didn’t think Trump was serious when he suggested during the campaign that the U.S. might abandon its NATO commitments if other countries didn’t pay more.

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