"The Battle for America": The world is watching the US elections. Here’s what it thinks


United States President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at Kenosha Regional Airport on November 2, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


LONDON – As the 2020 elections begin, the world is watching with bated breath.

Campaigning by incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in an unprecedented public health crisis – the coronavirus pandemic – has given the outside world an insight into issues that affect American voters from business and employment to health care and racial equality are important.

The preparation for the vote has also highlighted the political polarization that has divided American voters.

Beyond the coast, the US elections are significant as the next president will shape not only America's future but the international political landscape as well.

A controversial result and possible unrest in the USA are in focus worldwide. CNBC has a recap of what the world's media will think as election day finally comes.

Britain is a good place to start, as its "special relationship" with US newspapers focuses on the possibility of a controversial election result, protracted polls over the number of votes and even possible street riots.

The left Guardian newspaper reported on the election and the final hours of the candidates' campaign with "US brackets on historic elections amid fears that democracy is in jeopardy," which sparked concern over Trump's "fire" tweet on Monday ( also Twitter) is classified as potentially misleading) that there could be "violence on the streets" if the number of votes in Pennsylvania is not reduced.

The right-wing Telegraph newspaper is also concerned about a controversial outcome. Her election coverage reads: "America is preparing for electoral violence when business is boarded up and the National Guard is on standby."

"Fight for America"

The elections dominate the global political coverage of the European news agencies on Tuesday, with brief guides on votes and opinions, weighing what a Biden administration or the continuation of the Trump presidency could mean for international relations, especially for relations between Europe and the US after a four-year break between Trump and the leaders of the continent.

In France there is an editorial in the Le Figaro newspaper under the headline "An American Suspense". Author Philippe Gelie notes that "outside of the World Cup finals, there is hardly any planetary tension comparable to the US presidential election". The Italian daily La Repubblica reports that "the world is waiting for the results of the vote" and its editor writes about the need to "reconstruct" America.

Supporters for President Donald Trump listen as he speaks during a rally on November 3, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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"We don't need America"

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures after speaking during a drive-in rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2020.

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The Russian newspaper Kommersant discusses the importance of a victory for the candidates in the critical battlefield state of Pennsylvania, while a statement by commentator Sergei Strokan discusses whether Trump or Biden would be better for Russia.

Ultimately, Strokan argues that "there are increasing reasons to conclude that we haven't needed America in a long time, even though we don't openly admit it. Neither Trump's America nor Biden's America."

Outside of Europe

Europe isn't the only continent watching the US elections closely. Latin America focuses on competition as well as the importance of Hispanic voting.

The Latin American edition of El Pais states that "the Latin vote in Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona will be decisive" and that "the participation of Hispanic voters in some states may overturn the US presidential election".

Relations between the US and Latin America have been somewhat strained amid Trump's opposition to immigration and US intervention during Venezuela's 2019 political uprising against the leftist regime of that country's President Nicolas Maduro. Newspapers in the region, including the Buenos Aires Times in Brazil, weighed how the elections "could set the tone for the next phase of US-Latin American relations".

Poll workers sort through some of the thousands of postal ballot papers at the Orange County Registrar of Voters in Santa Ana, California on November 2, 2020.

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In Asia, the Chinese news agency Xinhua wrote that "fear, pandemic will mark the start of US election day if the candidates give the final push," but the editorials are more critical of the vote.

An editorial in the Global Times, a tabloid in China published under the auspices of the Communist Party People's Newspaper, accused the US election of stalling the "global Covid-19 fight".

"The US presidential election seriously impacted the prevention of Covid-19, resulting in an immeasurable negative impact," the editorial said. "The Trump administration misjudged the epidemic earlier this year, resulting in its inability to fight the virus. The election has led the Trump administration to stick to its wrong approach."

The editorial concludes that "the fight against the US epidemic and its choice have set a terrible example to the world. It is a shame not only on US power but also on the liberal American system."


Katherine Clark