The European edition of the U.S. political server Politico has introduced the first “Trumpability Index” examining every country in Europe to see where Donald Trump might get elected.
The 45th American president is considered to be broadly unpopular worldwide, at least according to Pew Research Centre stats that say barely a fifth of Europeans are confident Trump will do the right thing (“including Trumpophiles in Russia”).
But those numbers, say the index authors, don’t tell the whole story:
“If you look at his most recognizable personal characteristics (arrogant and intolerant to the other side) and his signature policies (opposed to free trade and open borders for migrants)…Trumpism holds more appeal in the Old World.”
The index assessed 13 categories associated with Trump’s brand of politics including an adversarial approach to free media and an aggressive approach to slashing regulations. Countries were then evaluated on a scale of 1-10 depending on how they corresponded with each characteristic.
The Czech Republic made it to the top of the Trump chart, writes Politico:
“Like in the States, the dissatisfaction with traditional political parties…has created an opportunity. If someone like Donald Trump was to run for office, they would have a strong chance of being elected – and in fact, someone does. Andrej Babiš, who is likely to be elected prime minister in October.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Babiš, a billionaire businessman with no prior political experience, has drawn comparisons to Trump. The ANO party leader is renowned for making politically incorrect comments, many about migrants who he thinks should be kept out of the country not merely with a wall but a full-on fortress.
Even the response Babiš gave to frequent Trump comparisons is Trumpian in nature, saying that “Trump has gone bankrupt several times … I [have] not.”
The article failed to mention the fact that the country has already elected (going by the traits set out by its own index) a Trump-like figure. Last year, Foreign Policy magazine even put together a quiz Who Said It: Zeman or Trump?
These are the top ten EU countries where Trump would likely triumph:
1. Czech Republic
10. France and Great Britain
Read the full Politico index here.