In his keynote speech the former Vice-Chancellor and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer tackled the question, how we define the “West” today. The concept of the “West” was a transatlantic-European team effort which was determined by the rule of law, separation of powers, inalienable human rights and representative democracy. Because of a fundamental political credibility crisis, the concept of the “West” has been put to the test in the 21st century. What effect will the political change in the United States have on the continued existence of the western order system? What alternative order criteria are available?