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Pabriks: if 50% of what Trump said comes true, the world will turn upside down

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf republican candidate Donald Trump becomes president of USA, it will be a big shock to the entire world, and Europe will have to consider plan B, said former foreign and defence minister of Latvia Artis Pabriks.

«If Trump wins the election, and everything suggests he will, it will be a big shock for Europe and Asia. It will be a big shock for financial markets and we will see something similar to the morning after Jani Celebration in Latvia, when everyone learned about Brexit,» – said Pabriks, adding ironically that Americans will have outmatched the British with their ability to shock the world.

According to him, Trump’s victory will mean change for the western world and rise of populism. With populism, the former minister meant pitting society against the ruling elite without any real alternative offer. And in Trump’s case, there is no real political offer from his side. It will have to be developed and offered, because what has been said so far is too disruptive to be real, said Pabriks.

He emphasized that most of the world is worried – people are afraid of what is currently happening in USA, because it will affect other countries. In the event of Trump’s victory, Europe will have to consider plan B to avoid problems that may arise. «It is a serious precedent. Analysts have no idea what could happen,» – Pabriks said.

Commenting if Trump’s pre-election rhetoric could come true, Pabriks said even if a mere 50% of what Trump has said comes true, the world will turn upside down. At the same time, it is clear USA will not be able to refuse commitments detailed in Article 5 of NATO Treaty. And it is unlikely the country could scrap its relations with Europe and Asia, as well as build a wall on the border with Mexico.

At the same time, Pabriks hopes the result will not turn out so bad.

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