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EU-wide survey finds respect for Merkel, fears for the future

EU-wide survey finds respect for Merkel, fears for the future

dpa
Berlin
A new report based on survey carried out across 12 EU states suggests Germany’s outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, is held in high regard, and that there would have been more conflict in the world if she had not been in office.
The survey, which was conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), suggests that well over a third of Europeans favour more German leadership within the EU.
Thirty-six per cent of those questioned said that they trust Germany on economic and financial policy, and 35 per cent said they trusted Germany to stand up for human rights.
Germans themselves, however, appear to have reservations about their role within the EU, and were found to be pessimistic about Germany and its status in the world. The ECFR found that more than half, or 52 per cent, of Germans now think that their country’s “golden age” is behind it.
Across Europe, Germany’s credibility as a potential geopolitical leader is low: Only about one fifth of citizens across the polled member states believe Germany can lead the EU in its relations with Russia.

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