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  The US under Trump

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US Vice-President Mike Pence has taken steps to allay the fears of Washington's allies during his first visit to Europe: "The United States of America strongly supports Nato," Pence said on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference. How much does this promise count?

Decree after decree, attacks on the media, contradictory behaviour and foreign policy statements and a resignation in his team - that's the tally after Donald Trump's first month as US President. Europe's press takes stock of what these first 30 days say about the US under Trump and sees certain positive aspects.

The scandal over alleged connections between Trump and Russia is growing. Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has had to resign for reportedly talking with the Russian ambassador about lifting the sanctions against Russia before taking office and then lying about the discussions. And according to media reports Trump's campaign team was in regular contact with Russian intelligence agencies. What do these accusations mean for Trump's presidency?

Three weeks after Trump's inauguration Herman Van Rompuy, former president of the European Council, has warned against "ideological collaboration" with Trump. In an interview with the Belgian magazine Knack he explained that those who play down the danger Trump represents are causing harm. A look at Europe's commentary columns shows how politicians and society are struggling to find an adequate response to Trump.

After Mexico and China, the new US administration now has Germany in its sights: Trump's chief economist Peter Navarro told the Financial Times on Tuesday that Germany was using the undervalued euro to gain trading advantages over the US and its Eurozone partners. The euro is nothing more than an "implicit Deutsche Mark", Navarro said. Does the accusation hold water?

US President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia, who passed away last year. The seat had remained vacant for eleven months because the Republicans blocked the Democratic Party's candidate in the Senate. The Democrats won't take this lying down, the press predicts, even though many view Gorsuch as a decent choice.

EU Council President Donald Tusk has called on the EU states to unite against what he sees as the threat represented by the Trump administration. In a letter to the EU heads of state and government, Tusk cited the US as a factor of uncertainty alongside Russia, the Middle East and China. Commentators doubt that the EU will be able to rise to the occasion.

A number of US technology companies are backing the lawsuit opposing Trump's travel ban. The US president signed a decree last Saturday banning citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days. Why these states in particular? the press asks.

At their meeting in Washington US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the common ground between their countries. Trump announced that the Brexit will be "fantastic", while May emphasised the importance of a bilateral trade agreement. Commentators warn that the British PM's visit should sound alarm bells for the EU.

US President Donald Trump is on a confrontation course with Mexico. On Wednesday he issued a decree for the fortification of the border between the two countries. In reaction to a tweet by Trump, Mexican President Peña Nieto then cancelled a meeting that was to take place between the two. Trump responded by threatening to impose a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to the US. How should the world respond to such an aggressive policy?

President Trump stressed in his inauguration speech that he wants to protect the US from foreign economic interests. One of his first acts as president was to sign an executive order on exiting the transpacific free trade agreement TPP. Protectionism didn't work during the Great Depression either, journalists point out, and lament the end of the era of global trading.

Donald Trump and his PR team have harshly criticised press reporting of the presidential inauguration. Trump has accused the media of lying about the number of people who attended the ceremony, while a presidential advisor has called the White House's figures "alternative facts". For many observers the conflict between Trump and the media has reached a new highpoint.

One day after Donald Trump's investiture hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated across the globe against his presidency and for women's rights, tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The protests were among the largest in US history, with up to half a million people gathering in Washington. What can this opposition accomplish?

In his first week in office Trump has withdrawn the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and begun the process of dismantling the "Obamacare" healthcare reform. In his inaugural address the new US president called for a new sense of national pride. Some journalists praise Trump for making good on his campaign pledges. Others criticise his apparent lack of commitment to democracy and human rights.