The election of Donald Trump could help mitigate anti-American views across Europe, the Treasurer of the populist right-wing anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party told CNBC.
One of the main stumbling blocks to a trade deal between the EU and the U.S. has been popular skepticism to deeper ties with a America, mainly among the German electorate. However, Frank Hansel told CNBC, such feelings could dissipate with the victory of Donald Trump.
"The Germans are very skeptical around TTIP (trade deal between the EU and the U.S.) and CETA (trade deal between the EU and Canada)," Hansel told CNBC on Thursday.
"I think due to the fact that America has a new leader maybe the latent anti-Americanism that there is in some parts of the German population, in the right end of the extremism left or the extremism right, maybe Donald Trump can change this mistrust," he said.
Hansel added that the relationship between both sides of the Atlantic needs to improve. "We have to change a little bit the climate regarding the United States of America in Europe and I think the election of Trump helps to relax the situation."