Poll: deepening German concern over US
27 February 2004
BERLIN – The United States-led war against Iraq has fueled reservations among the Germans over the US, a poll showed Friday.
Over 70 percent of those surveyed said hardly any other nation pushed its interests with so little consideration for others and as much egoism as the US, said the Allensbach Institute poll.
Half of the 2,105 Germans polled said the US could not be relied upon given its rising number of domestic problems.
Nevertheless, some 90 percent said were in favour of good relations with Washington but some two-thirds of those polled worried that greater cooperation with the US would make Germany a terrorist target.
Release of the poll came during a trip by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to the United States where he is meeting US President George W. Bush.
The poll also found declining support for the European Union with 56 percent calling for policy-making to be more nationally dominated.
Subject: German news