Dutch more positive about Germans

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4 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Dutch have started to view Germans in a more positive light, a survey of 500 Dutch has shown.

4 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch have started to view Germans in a more positive light, a survey of 500 Dutch has shown.

The main question was how the Dutch see the Germans in 2007 and whether they are welcome at the commemoration ceremonies for the fallen of World War II.

32 percent of respondents said they had begun to have a more positive view of Germany over the past ten years. Germany was given a mark of 6.8 out of 10. Those surveyed said that Germans are above all friendly and proud hard workers.

In general the Dutch largely think they possess the same character traits as the Germans. More than half (53 percent) think that Germany and the Netherlands should work together more closely within the EU. Only one in ten disagreed. The younger generations tend to be more hesitant about a closer bond.

73 percent of the Dutch said Germans were welcome at the commemorations today. 70 percent of those said that former German soldiers should also be allowed. Older respondents tended to be less enthusiastic about welcoming Germans to the commemoration ceremonies.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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