When the impossible then happened, the Atlantic community was immediately convinced that, thanks to the forces of the American system, this completely unsuitable man would soon become presidential. Wrong yet again. Even Trump’s inauguration speech, as well as the continued tweeting, showed how unrealistic this was.

At the next stage of reality denial, the "adults" in the Trump administration were to shift things back onto their usual tracks. Also wrong. In fact, these supposed adults are in part men who believe that climate change is an invention and evolution theory is a mere proposition.

In fact, the Alanticists desire for a stable anchor of the Western world obscured the fundamental crisis.

Incidentally, on May 31, 2017, one of the most special of the adults, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, published an article in which he buried the last transatlantic illusions. McMaster explained in the Wall Street Journal that there was no such thing as the global community, but only nations that through power and negotiation pursue their respective interests. Since then it is clear that Trump merely embodies the irrational side of a strategy that diametrically opposes the interests of Germany and Europe

These days, one really doesn’t know what’s actually better: Trump impeding a consistently nationalist policy - simply because every consistent policy contradicts his essence - or when the "grown-ups" take it away and turn the leader of the Western world into the most egotistical nation on earth.

Either way, the U.S. can no longer and will no longer be the stabilizer and protector of Europe; the former guarantor of freedom and democracy is itself democratically out of control, and one must pray that it will get its act together at some point.

The Atlantic community is now down to its last hope: that the Trump phenomenon is a temporary aberration. There’s not much to support this because Barack Obama had already begun to withdraw from the conflicts involving Europe’s neighbors. He saddled Merkel with the Ukraine crisis. In the Middle East, he did as little as possible (which allowed the Russians to penetrate.) He also left the EU alone with the refugee crisis, which was a result, not least, of the chaotic U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Even if the United States were to return to reason in domestic policy, little will change in these foreign policy retreats, simply because America is overwhelmed by its role in global leadership. It is not just since Trump that the wobbly world power has gradually lost control over the Middle East, more and more over East Asia and Latin America.

This sweeps away the two pillars of German Atlanticism: The U.S. is, firstly, no longer a guarantee of democracy; it is just as endangered as any other Western nation. And, secondly, the U.S. has forfeited any moral, military or political leadership.

Unfortunately, most Atlanticists refuse to accept this reality. Instead, they take refuge in argumentative acrobatics. They’re against Germany or Europe liberating themselves from the U.S. But it’s exactly the other way round: the Europeans have’nt begun or concluded the separation -- but rather the U.S. has. Father moved out, childhood is over.

Secondly, Germany’s not in a position to take over the West’s leadership. Thus we still have to rely on the U.S. strategically. It’s right that Germany can only lead if leadership is defined in a completely different, more cooperative, partnership-based way. Apart from that, just because Germany is too weak for conventional leadership, doesn’t mean that the U.S. will be more sensible, stronger or altruistic.