"There will be no radical policy change"
Martin Klepper is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Humboldt University Berlin. He believes the chances are slim that the Senate falls into the hands of the Democrats. And: "Even if the Democrats regain the House of Representatives, Trump can continue to get through the Senate much," said Klepper. The Democrats, in his view, could use more committees of inquiry if they win the House of Representatives. In this case, for example, Trump's relations with Russia, the Saudi royal family and other financial ties could come to light, says the US expert. That way, the Democrats could make life more difficult for the president.
German-American relations are currently at a low point, according to Klepper. One does not know what else to expect from Trump. "Especially since he can do trade policy relatively alone. For that, he does not even need the House of Representatives or the Senate. "For customs duties, the US president alone can do a great deal. For many Europeans and Germans, it could still be a sign of hope, "if the Democrats again get a little more weight and you have the prospect that something is changing".