Trump: A "Loose Cannon"

By Dagmar Pepping

Dagmar Pepping is a radio journalist at ARD, Germany's largest broadcasting service (Association of Public Broadcasting Agencies). She covers national politics at ARD's Berlin Broadcasting Center right across from the Reichstag (the German parliament building). One of her subjects is the rise of the populist AfD party. She has a Masters Degree in Political Science, History and English and studied in Münster and Seattle (University of Washington). From 2014-2015 she worked as a U.S. correspondent for ARD German radio in Washington, D.C.

A Donald Trump presidency could spell bad news for transatlantic relations, including the U.S.-German relationship, according to many experts. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder traveled around Germany, asking people what they think of Trump. Dagmar Pepping, who covers national politics for Germany’s largest broadcasting service ARD, told The Cipher Brief she is “afraid” of how Germans would view the U.S., should Trump be elected president.

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