Germans feel EU not democratic enough: survey

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8 June 2005, HAMBURG - In further negative news for the European Union, an opinion survey taken of Germans has found that a vast majority feel the EU is not democratic enough, the weekly magazine Stern reported on Wednesday.

8 June 2005

HAMBURG - In further negative news for the European Union, an opinion survey taken of Germans has found that a vast majority feel the EU is not democratic enough, the weekly magazine Stern reported on Wednesday.

The magazine said the survey taken by the Forsa polling institute found that 83 percent felt that the EU makes too many decisions over the heads of the citizenry.

Only 12 percent of the 1,003 persons questioned on 2-3 June felt otherwise, while 5 percent had no opinion, Stern reported.

The antipathy about the EU shown in the German poll is the latest sign of trouble for Brussels after French and Dutch referendum votes rejected the EU constitution and Britain has indefinitely postponed holding a referendum on the issue.

At the political level, Germany is one of the staunchest backers of the EU, but the Forsa poll indicates that at the grass-roots level, German citizens are also having their doubts.

DPA

Subject: German news

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