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Most Germans want Britain to stay in EU
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Most Germans want Britain to stay in EU

Published: 03 Jan 2013 14:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Jan 2013 14:53 GMT+01:00

As Britons are apparently increasingly unsure about remaining in the union, with a recent YouGov poll saying 49 percent would vote to leave given the choice, Germans remain keen to have them stay.

Of those over 18 surveyed by opinion pollsters Forsa, 64 percent said they were in favour of Britain staying in the EU. The younger generation was particularly keen, with 69 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds saying they wanted the UK to stick around. Of those over 60 years old, 56 percent said the same thing.

Of Germans who said they supported the mainstream political parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD), 66 and 67 percent respectively said they explicitly wanted Britain to stay in the EU.

Of those who support the environmentalist Green Party, 85 percent said they thought Britain should be stay in the EU. Those who favoured the socialist Linke party seemed far less bothered, with just 45 percent in favour.

The full report will be published on Friday in the journal Internationale Politik. It was commissioned by government think tank the German Council on Foreign Relations.

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16:34 January 3, 2013 by Wise Up!
Well of course, they do. They need Britains wealth to further prop the Euro.
17:37 January 3, 2013 by michael4096
I thought Britain just acted as a tax-haven sponge sucking money out of the euro-zone into the city. Perhaps there is a definition of 'prop' I'm not aware of...
19:15 January 3, 2013 by DOZ
Hell no, let them go. Make room for Russia. Hail Putin, the next Secretary-General of The United Nations.
21:57 January 3, 2013 by wxman
Of course they do! They need help from another psuedo-productive country to help support the Mediterranian slugs who have no value. I think the UK is smart enough to tell the EU FU.
22:31 January 3, 2013 by jg.
The YouGov polls were in the Summer. A poll by Opinium for the Observer in November 2012 showed that 56% in Britain would vote to leave the EU.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/17/eu-referendum-poll

The European Union Act of 2011 requires that, if further powers are to be ceded to Brussels, a referendum must now be held to decide the issue. Other polls show that 75% in the UK would not support further powers being ceded to Brussels - which seems to preclude Britain participating in any further integration or moves towards a federal EU. If the rest do want a federal EU, perhaps it would be best for Britain to be out.
23:37 January 3, 2013 by gorongoza
An irrelevant study !

A more appropriate study would be that to find out how many Germans would opt to stick with the EU given the option to leave.
01:12 January 4, 2013 by Tonne
If the poll is correct and reflects the view of most Germans, I can only say that I am amazed and rather humbled at their generosity of spirit, given the puerile rantings of Cameron, Farage et al.

Farage especially rails against the EU and the Commission, but is quite happy to sit in the Parliament and draw a salary and expenses. He reminds me of an atheist who goes to church, heckles the preacher and then takes money from the collection plate.

Cameron wants to remain within the "common market" but not be bound by the regulations which control it and ensure fair competition, but still have a place at the negotiating table.

The polls before the last referendum on staying in the EU were very similar to the current polls, possibly even more in favour of leaving. However, the actual referendum totally reversed the polls' predictions.

I can only hope that, if there is a referendum, sense will again prevail.
09:38 January 4, 2013 by avatar009
Well, the problem the german people has is their arrogance that brittan dont get paid back, from EU supside, while german the franch receive thier EU supside back to them. So, the german people want british tax payers money to pay in the EU and not receive any of it back, what a stupid nation, remember most of the brittish will burn the EU flag soon. Finally the way i see EU is a french and german club full of corrupt mafia lairs organisation who considers their salaries only, and soon the EU will collapse, because of the high level of corruption.
13:21 January 4, 2013 by www.emungus.net
EU-ENGLAND: A SWING WITH AN UNFAITHFUL PARTNER…

Actually, Germs and those unsteady about a future without the Brits should keep their shaky rear steady: you can make it by your own without them. Germany and the European Union (EU) can fly cheerfully without England support. And with her one-step-in-one-step-out moves, England has became an outright prostitute ­ a last-choice partner to anyone. She is not a first-choice partner for a dance; above all, she is a disloyal lady : she likes going cozy with well hung cowboys (and she often get abused : Big Bird grants no free of charge swings…). Mr. Jacques Delors, a charismatic figurehead in the history of European Union, has recently pointed out that England may carve her way out of the EU; this certainly was a sign of ras-le-bol caused by England infidelity and nights of debauchery. An intercourse between the EU and England is always jerky; and often interrupted, cut short by England. Maybe the EU is not enough well hung or can not satisfy the physical appetites of this greedy lady...Better then to quit such unstable union rather than risking to lose one¦#39;s potency in futile attempts to satisfy a never-unsatisfied lady. They do not ask an unfaithful lady for more than a swing : she will jump off the dance floor with an another partner. Does she really deserve a particular treat? No. Don¦#39;t they say that one eats by the sweat of they brow? Yes. Where is the contribution of England in the effort of rebuilding a strong EU? Not any. This said, let this lady carve her path out of the EU unhindered.
15:23 January 4, 2013 by michael4096
Freudian, emungus!

The article talks about Britain, not England. But, perhaps you are just ahead of the curve...
16:01 January 4, 2013 by ErnestPayne
Exactly. Why should the Brits be allowed to escape the misery. j/k. For all its current "troubles" the European Union is the way to go.
17:34 January 4, 2013 by soros
Britain is special in the history of Europe and there is no denying it. But, Britain has also contributed greatly to the storehouse of ideas that are European and therefore has an important role in seeing to it that European culture survives both Americanization and Islamization, both threats to Euro values.

It would be good if Britain took stock of what it has in common with continental Europe, forget about the wars it has had with continentals, and concentrated on how to preserve a common heritage based on the values of the Enlightenment. A Europe divided is weak. A Europe with Britain stands a good chance of survival.
17:49 January 4, 2013 by Englishted
@www.emungus.net

Sigmund Freud died to early to make a study of how your mind works ,because it is too bizarre and strange for myself to make a guess at what you are trying to say when you use so many double entendres.

Somewhat like a duckbilled platitude.
18:59 January 4, 2013 by Beachrider
Free trade is much more complicated for the USA. The USA has NAFTA for Mexico and Canada. We also have separate free-trade agreements with Australia, Chile, Columbia, Dominicana, Korea, Panama, Peru and Singapore. Similar agreements with Jordan, Israel, Bahrain, Morocco and Oman.

The EU is building a bigger-thing than the USA, but fragmentations in currency and Federal-power make it look like a matrix of special-agreements.
23:45 January 4, 2013 by www.emungus.net
@ Englishted

Dull-minded ones often blame the text instead of addressing their hang-ups
23:56 January 4, 2013 by Englishted
@ www.emungus.net

Well done ,congratulations on over coming you need to write 400 words of dribble to express a pointless and banal meaning.
00:24 January 5, 2013 by www.emungus.net
@ michael4096

Cartesian michael4096!

Maybe I¦#39;m not that much ahead the curve: the journalist wrongly referred to Britain (Great Britain would be right) because Britain is not mentioned as a EU-state member but the UK (leads by England). So, apparently you (and the journalist) are ahead of the curve, Sir...
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