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Most Germans do not want a more powerful EU

The Local · 29 Jun 2012, 07:50

Published: 29 Jun 2012 07:50 GMT+02:00

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Opinion polling firm YouGov asked Germans whether they thought the best way to keep Germany integrated in Europe was to give more sovereign power to the central EU authorities – but just 28 percent agreed.

And over 60 percent of the 1,037 people asked said that they were worried Germany would be giving away too much of its decision making power if it handed over any more control to the EU.

If such a shift were on the cards, the poll suggested that most people would want a vote on it themselves, and then would the idea down.

More than two thirds - 78 percent - said that they thought that if it went to a national referendum, it would be rejected.

Just 17 percent felt that the decision should be made inside the walls of the Reichstag by the two houses of parliament.

The poll comes after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said a relinquishing of power to the EU seat in Brussels could be possible in the next few years, in the hope of getting the euro crisis under control.

YouGov carried out the poll between 26 and 28 June, both online and via telephone.

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Your comments about this article

11:58 June 29, 2012 by Wrench
More Europe means more hard earned German money going down the drain. Haven't the politicians done enough to destroy our lives?
16:18 June 29, 2012 by IchBinKönig
psst. Germans, they don't care what you think. They are spending YOUR money for THEIR own preservation. YOU are already in the 'bag', now they need you to pay for the bags that will fit the rest of Europe.
18:49 June 29, 2012 by Englishted
It would be interesting to see the poll conducted country by country ,the we would find I think that everybody would be against it ,simply because it is totally undemocratic and out of touch with the wishes of the electorate .

Just do it as the advert says.
22:59 June 29, 2012 by neunElf
FDP are you listening?
23:53 June 29, 2012 by Why EU?
Why give Italian money to celebrate beating us up in the game?
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