German politicians had some interesting reactions to Donald Trump's victory.
Angela Merkel had a very distinct response. She went on to praise the "old and honorable" American democracy in great length and afterwards provided her money quote:
"On the basis of these values, I offer a close cooperation to the upcoming President of the United States, Donald Trump."
The German chancellor is much braver than many people know. She also had no hesitation to sharply criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin in common press conferences, while he was standing next to her - in particular in regard to the Ukraine. Putin did not like this at all.
Imagine a common press conference with Merkel and Trump. This could get interesting in the future.
Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Social Democrats) made little attempt to hide his feelings:
Germany's minister for the defense, Ursula von der Leyen, whose father was a conservative politician, also made some interesting points:
German politicians are not afraid to speak out against authoritarian leaders. Donald Trump will not like the Germans very much.
Well, at least he is proud of his "German blood" - whatever that is: