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**Trump election: Juncker warns president may upset US ties with Europe
Donald Trump’s election as US president risks upsetting US ties with Europe, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned.
“We will need to teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works,” Mr Juncker told a student audience in Luxembourg.
Intercontinental relations may be affected “in their foundation and in their structure”, he said.**
His remarks contrasted with other EU leaders’ more muted reactions.
**Quoted by Luxembourg newspaper Le Quotidien, Mr Juncker, a former prime minister of the tiny state, continued: "In general the Americans pay no heed to Europe. As for Mr Trump, if I understand properly, he thinks Belgium is a village somewhere on our continent…
“My honest opinion? With Mr Trump, we are going to waste two years while he tours a world he doesn’t know.”**
Angry protests at Mr Trump’s election on Tuesday, when he defeated the Democratic favourite Hillary Clinton, continued in America on Thursday night, with rioting in several cities.
In New York, Mr Trump set about forming the team that will see him through to his inauguration on 20 January, when he replaces Barack Obama in the White House.
**During the election campaign, Mr Trump caused alarm in EU circles with his sharp criticism of Nato, the cornerstone of Western Europe’s defence structure, and calls for better relations with Russia.
His promise to “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement within 100 days of taking office and protectionist stance on trade have also caused concern, as have his controversial comments about ethnic and religious minorities.**
While EU leaders congratulated the Republican on his shock victory over Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed in her message to him that the US and Germany shared “the values of democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and human dignity, regardless of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political belief”…
**However, on Thursday, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urged his EU colleagues to take a more positive attitude.
“I would respectfully say to my beloved European friends and colleagues that it’s time that we snapped out of the general doom and gloom about the result of this election,” he said on a visit to Serbia**.