Optimistic US, pessimistic Germany differ on relationship status: survey

A new survey has found that Americans and Germans have notably different perspectives on their partnership. Germans feel less enthusiastic about the US — and crave more independence from Washington

There is a disconnect between citizens in Germany and the US when it comes to their perceptions of the relationship between the two allies, according to a survey released Tuesday.

The survey, carried out by the Pew Research Center in Washington and the Hamburg-based nonprofit Körber Foundation, reveals that Americans view their relationship with Germany far more positively than that of Germans. Three-quarters of Americans saw the relationship as good, while nearly two-thirds of Germans (64%) saw the relationship as bad. […]

An additional poll by the Körber Foundation found that 49% of Germans felt their country should exercise restraint when facing international crises.

While 23% of Germans saw US relations as the greatest challenge facing Germany’s foreign policy, it was not ranked first.

The top challenge, instead, was the climate and environment, with 31%.[…]

Relations with China and Russia

Nearly 40% percent of Germans felt it was more important to have a close relationship with the US than with Russia, while about 60% of Americans said it was more important for the US to have a close relationship with Germany.


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