Worried European leaders look to Obama for Trump clues

US President Barack Obama's choice of Berlin for his Europe farewell tour is seen by some as the passing of the defence of liberal democracy baton to Chancellor Angela MerkelEuropean leaders head to Berlin Friday to seek assurances from US President Barack Obama on the course that Donald Trump might take, given the populist mogul’s pledges to shake up the world order. Trump’s election upset has rattled European nerves, as he appeared to call into question a near 70-year-old security shield for US allies under NATO, and vowed to withdraw from hard-fought deals on the climate and Iran’s nuclear programme. Ahead of the talks, Obama sounded a note of cautious optimism that Trump could change his position once he takes on the role as president.

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