The arrogant claim to the moral high ground by European elites has no basis in reality.
There is no respect for freedom and democracy on a continent where citizens, such as the politician Geert Wilders, are arrested and prosecuted by in a court of law for speaking their minds freely about topics that the authorities find it expedient not to debate in public.
Freedom, respect for the rule of law, and people's race, religion and gender have never been less respected and protected in Germany during the post-WWII era than under Merkel. German authorities have completely failed to protect women, Christians and others from the chaos unleashed by the mass, unvetted, immigration of mainly Muslim migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The rule of law is anything but "respected" in Germany.
Not everyone is "panicking". UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, rejected the invitation and told his colleagues to end their "collective whinge-o-rama" about the U.S. election result.
Critics of the U.S. election omitted, however, the runaway lawlessness, divisiveness and corruption that American voters declined to reinstate.
"A world is collapsing before our eyes", tweeted the French ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, as it became clear that Donald Trump had won the US presidential election. Although he later apparently deleted the tweet, the sentiment expressed in his tweet encapsulates the attitude of the majority of the European political establishment.
Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster, described the reaction to Trump's victory across Germany's political spectrum as "shock and uncertainty." Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen described Trump's win as a "heavy shock." German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: "The world won't end, but things will get more crazy".
Green party leader Cem Özdemir called Trump's election a "break with the tradition that the West stands for liberal values."
Biased information about Israel in the French press is not an episodic occurrence. It is a systematic one. The main engine of this biased information industry is blatantly the Agence France Presse.
It is so thoroughly a "pro-Palestinian news agency" that this French institution, does not see anything unethical about hiring Palestinian activists as reporters: "Nasser Abu Baker, the chairman of the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate, the leading force for the boycott of Israeli journalists and media, also writes for the influential French news agency."
The same bias appears in the media and news agencies all over the developed world, including Reuters, the BBC and the AP. Why, when it comes to Israel, is such a misinterpretation of reality so generalized in the press? The only answer is that a war is in progress: a war of delegitimization.
When Palestinians murder Israelis in vehicle-ramming attacks, Agence France Press never labels the murderer a "terrorist." All of them are "activists," "militants" or "attackers." But when a Tunisian-born Islamist terrorist murdered 84 people in Nice, France in July 2016, by ramming a truck into a crowd of people (pictured above), the AFP called that "terror." (Image source: Sky News video screenshot)
On July 15, 2016, after the truck ramming that killed 84 people in Nice, France, Agence France Presse (AFP) released a report entitled, "When Vehicles Become Weapons". It is the duty of a large news agency such as AFP to list, for its customers, examples of countries that are suffering from vehicular terrorism.
Concerning Israel, we can read in the third paragraph: "In Israel and the Palestinian territories, car-ramming attacks have featured heavily in a wave of violence that has killed at least 215 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese since October last year".
A naïve reader might understand that in Israel and Palestinian territories, Jews and Muslims -- or Israelis and Palestinians -- find it amusing to use their vehicles to kill innocent passersby. He might think also that Jews are far better players of this gamer than are Muslims, because they killed "215 Palestinians" against only "34 Israelis."