Europeans see Germany's global role on the rise: Pew study

DW.COM | 3/23/2019 | Staff
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In a survey published late Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all respondents in 10 EU member states said Germany plays a more important role in the world that it did a decade ago.

"There is a sense in Europe that while German power is on the rise, French and British power is stagnant or in decline," the center said.

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The view across Europe:

The idea that Germany plays a more important role today is most pronounced in Greece, with 81 percent of respondents agreeing.

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However, only 37 percent of UK respondents shared the sentiment, the lowest ratio.

The average across the 10 EU member states was 47 percent.

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For the vast majority of EU citizens in 10 member states, the bloc promotes peace, democratic values and prosperity.

Respondents in Poland and Spain gave the highest overall ratings for the EU, while those surveyed in Greece and the UK had the lowest opinion of the Brussels-based organization.

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However, that doesn't mean there weren't issues with the EU. An average of 62 percent of respondents said the EU is out of touch with its citizens. A majority held this view in eight of the ten countries polled.

Only those in Germany (49 percent) and Poland (42 percent) saw the situation differently.

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