Donald Trump is a problem for the whole world, EU's Schulz says

September 15, 2016 7:13 AM EDT

European Parliament President Martin Schulz speaking during a news conference after a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Narino palace in Bogota, Colombia, in this file photo dated August 23, 2016. Colombian Presidency /Handout via

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BERLIN (Reuters) - If U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the election in November, it would be problematic for the entire world and encourage copycats in Europe, European Parliament President Martin Schulz told a German magazine.

"Trump is not only a problem for the EU but also for the whole world," Schulz said in an interview with Der Spiegel published online on Thursday.

"If a man who shows off by not having a clue and by saying that specialist knowledge is elitist rubbish ends up in the White House, a critical point will have been reached," said Schulz, a German center-left Social Democrat.

Such a scenario would mean that there is an "obviously irresponsible man" sitting in a position that demands the utmost sense of responsibility, Schulz said.

He added that he was concerned that Trump getting into power would spur on copycats in Europe. "That's why I want Hillary Clinton to win."

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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