Trump-Biden "cage fight" stokes global perception of a country in decline

“The U.S. has always been a democratic role model,” especially for Germany, but “our motherland of democracy has gone down a dangerous path,” said Stephan Bierling, an international politics professor at the University of Regensburg in Germany, who recently published a book on Trump. “A second Trump term would severely damage its democratic norms.”

The English-language edition of China’s Global Times, a Communist Party-controlled newspaper, offered a similar assessment, saying the debate “showed the world a divided and chaotic U.S.”…

In a note to investors, UBS Global Wealth Management chief economist Paul Donovan, said that the key debate takeaway was “increased expectations for a contested election result.”…

“That was gross,” read the headline of an opinion piece in Canada’s Globe and Mail. “The tawdry details of the first U.S. presidential debate of 2020 will be unpacked and analyzed for weeks,” wrote critic John Doyle.