Indication of the Declining Relations between the US and Germany
Der Spiegel is a weekly magazine published in Germany. The cover illustration is a cartoon figure of Trump holding a bloodied knife in one hand and the decapitated head of Lady Liberty in the other. The caption: “America First”.
The artist is Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban who came to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee. He told The Washington Post: “It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol.” He added that he was making a comparison between Trump and Isis militants who behead their victims, because “both sides are extremists”.
The cover set off a firestorm and debate on Twitter and social media. Next week the New Yorker is publishing a cover illustration depicting the Statue of Liberty, as the flame of Her torch is extinguished, snuffed out by Trump. There is a conversation about the meaning of the styles of the two depictions — the German view being strikingly violent compared to the American view.
Trump has repeatedly attacked the policies of Germany, specifically refugee resettlement, and last week the economic policies of Germany and the European Union. This has begun a rapid deterioration in German relations with the United States. During President Obama’s Presidency, Chancellor Angela Merkel was the go-to European ally. President Obama praised her as “an outstanding partner”.
Trump said Merkel had made a “catastrophic mistake” with her “open-door” immigration policy, and Trump’s trade adviser accused Germany was using a “grossly undervalued” Euro to Germany’s advantage over the United States.