Germans fear financial crisis will get worse: poll

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Four out of five Germans fear the current financial crisis will get worse, according to an opinion poll released Friday against a background of eurozone debt concerns and stock market turmoil.

Some 80 percent of people interviewed for the poll released jointly by ARD public television and Die Welt newspaper said they believed the worst of the current crisis was not yet over.

Just 17 percent thought the opposite, according to the poll of 1,000 people conducted by Infratest dimap.

Just two weeks ago, the same polling organisation said two out of three Germans doubted Chancellor Angela Merkel could prevent a new crisis.

Asked in the latest poll whether they thought politics or economics would decide the outcome of the current crisis, 71 percent thought the markets called the shots, compared to 22 percent who thought politicians were in charge.

Despite the debt crisis which has rocked a number of Germany's eurozone partners, Germans remain largely pro-European.

Some 65 percent believe membership of the European Union is key to Germany's good economic performance, compared to 33 percent who think Germany should play a more independent role.

And 64 percent of Germans think the EU should further strengthen political cooperation.

The survey was conducted between August 29 and 31.

© 2011 AFP

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