Every U.S. election carries consequences beyond America's borders. But Nov. 3 stands out for multiple reasons: a lethal pandemic has killed more than one million people across the world, once thriving economies are in tatters, U.S. isolationism has created an international power vacuum that is allowing right-wing autocrats to thrive across continents. And then, there's Trump.
What's at stake: Having become a de facto leader for many of the world's populists, Trump has recently signalled that after the election on Nov. 3, an eventual transition of power in the case of his defeat might not be peaceful. Yes, democracy itself is on the line. For this and many other reasons, the world's eyes have focused on the U.S. campaign — and that includes presidents and prime ministers everywhere.
Clues and confessions: Of course definitive conclusions about whether a world leader favors Joe Biden or Donald Trump are hard to come by: diplomacy and the sheer fact that they will have to be prepared to work with either man induces many to hide their cards. Still, some have left breadcrumbs (or explicit statements) behind, and others we can quite easily surmise. We followed them to bring you our best bet about whether top world leaders are leaning more to Team Trump or Team Biden.
GERMANY – ANGELA MERKEL
We all remember that viral schoolteacher-telling-off-a-naughty-student photo at the G7 Summit in 2018.
Relations between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump have only gone downhill since — hitting a new low over the summer with Trump's decision to withdraw about 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany. And though digs from the ever-composed Chancellor have so far been of the indirect kind (urging people to not rely on "fakes over facts", or more recently warning that the fight against the coronavirus pandemic couldn't be led "with lies and disinformation") Merkel has made very little mystery of her disdain for Trump's swashbuckling way of leading his country.
So would Angie like American voters to give Trump das Boot? Like 76% of her fellow Germans, there's a good chance that ja, she would.
THE VERDICT: Team Biden.