The impact on Europe of Donald Trump's victory in the race for the White House is under the microscope ahead of next year's run of important elections on the continent and in light of mixed reactions from regional political heavyweights.
A tepid congratulatory message from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to the president-elect was peppered with explicit references to non-discriminatory values which she made clear she expects Trump to respect in order to foster a "close cooperation" between the two countries.
Speaking to CNBC, Norbert Roettgen, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at Germany's Bundestag (national parliament), said the chancellor's comments were justified given the Republican leader had questioned the validity of NATO and made some "dubious offers" to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Nonetheless, he says giving a Trump presidency an open-minded chance is critical at what he sees as an unusually challenging juncture for Europe.
"The environment of Europe has become more and more dangerous, chaotic and violent so we have, in a way, even to reinvent the West as a political concept. For that we need and want to have a close relationship."
Roettgen said time will tell whether apprehension over Trump is warranted as there is currently too little information to determine his international approach and its effects on geopolitics.
According to Roettgen, "We have now to wait and see because there is no foreign policy program. There were some remarks which caused concern and worries but - for the first time, I would say in American history - the world does not know what, on foreign policy at least, to expect from the president-elect."
"This is an absolute novelty, a political novelty in American history," he added.