Poll finds Germans see France as best friend

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

BADEN-BADEN, Germany, July 11 (AFP) - Germans see neighbouring France as their country's best friend, far ahead of the United States, which they see as meddling too much in other nations' affairs, according to a poll broadcast Sunday by Suedwestrundfunk radio.

BADEN-BADEN, Germany, July 11 (AFP) - Germans see neighbouring France as their country's best friend, far ahead of the United States, which they see as meddling too much in other nations' affairs, according to a poll broadcast Sunday by Suedwestrundfunk radio.  

The poll indicated that 54 percent of German's see EU partner France as their country's closest ally, while only 15 percent give that accolade to the United States, its protector during the cold war years. It said 78 percent of the respondants judged that the United States "meddles too much" in the affairs of other states.  

Nevertheless, just over half said they thought relations between Germany and the United States were good, despite the deep estrangement over the Iraq war, which both France and Germany strongly opposed, while 46 percent thought relations were bad.  

Only four percent of those questioned opined that Britain was German's closest ally, and only five percent thought Russia was.   

Although it speaks German too, Austria was seen by only 19 percent of respondants as Germany's best friend.   

The poll was carried out by the Enigma GfK institute among 1,002 people over the age of 14.

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