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Berlin - Germans See Trump As Bigger Problem Than North Korea Or Russia

Published on: December 5, 2017 01:00 PM
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U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the Womens Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017.  REUTERS/Michael Kappeler, PoolU.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the Womens Entrepreneurship Finance event during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017.  REUTERS/Michael Kappeler, Pool

Berlin - Germans see U.S. President Donald Trump as a bigger challenge for German foreign policy than authoritarian leaders in North Korea, Russia or Turkey, according to a survey by the Koerber Foundation.

Topping the list of foreign policy concerns were refugees, with 26 percent of respondents worried about Germany’s ability to cope with inflows of asylum seekers.

Relations with Trump and the United States ranked second, with 19 percent describing them as a major challenge, followed by Turkey at 17 percent, North Korea at 10 percent and Russia at 8 percent.

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Since entering the White House in January, Trump has unsettled Germans by pulling out of the Paris climate accord, refusing to certify an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme and criticizing Germany’s trade surplus and its contributions to the NATO military alliance.

Trump’s actions prompted the usually cautious German Chancellor Angela Merkel to say earlier this year that Berlin may not be able to rely on the United States in the future. She also urged Europe to take its fate into its own hands.

In the poll of 1,005 Germans of voting age, carried out in October, 56 percent of Germans described the relationship with the United States as bad or very bad.

Despite Merkel’s pledge, the survey showed deep scepticism in the population about Germany taking a more active role in international crises, with 52 percent of respondents saying the country should continue its post-war policy of restraint.

That may reflect the fact that neither Merkel nor her main challengers in the recent election campaign talked much about how Germany should respond to the challenges posed by Trump’s disruptive presidency and Britain’s looming departure from the European Union.

Last week, Norbert Roettgen, a member of Merkel’s conservative party and head of the foreign affairs committee in the Bundestag, decried a “deplorable” lack of leadership in educating Germans about the need to invest more in their own defense and security.



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 Dec 05, 2017 at 01:24 PM Educated Archy Says:

oh my we are really scared of the Germans.

Guess what you PC loving nazis, you were judiasm's biggest problem ever.

I guess Trump is scaring the heck out of your fake ways. (always so proper yet viscous in the inside)

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 02:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

oh my we are really scared of the Germans.

Guess what you PC loving nazis, you were judiasm's biggest problem ever.

I guess Trump is scaring the heck out of your fake ways. (always so proper yet viscous in the inside)

check your incoherent posting

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 02:55 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

oh my we are really scared of the Germans.

Guess what you PC loving nazis, you were judiasm's biggest problem ever.

I guess Trump is scaring the heck out of your fake ways. (always so proper yet viscous in the inside)

Hello Archy,

1. You Trump groupies may be right...and a lot of other people wrong. But, it is an objective fact, easily verifiable by anyone...even you...that an actual majority of citizens of all western countries regard Trump as unstable and as a threat to peace;

2. In a recently published international survey (Google it) the United States dropped from 1st to 6th among the most admired countries (Germany is now 1st)...the survey identified what it calls the "Trump factor" as the reason for this county's decline;

3. The marching Nazis of today are mainly a frighteningly group of Trump supporters...not Germans. Germany today is a beacon of freedom, and is admired by more people than admire the United States (that too you can verify)...and is home to a growing community of both Israelis and frum Jews.

As is usually the case, on these issues you need a lot more cerebral intake before engaging in commentary outtake.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 09:25 PM Anonymous Says:

If Trump declares Jerusalem as a Israeli capital then he is posing a danger to the entire world. Other than that everything is child play.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 09:40 PM Anonymous Says:

To #3- The Israelis and frum Jews who live in Germany cannot go in public places wearing their kippahs, without fear of attack, by both Muslim extremists, and right wing German extremists. We don't need to supply a military umbrella of protection to those krauts. We have been doing it since the end of World War Two. Many Germans, especially the younger Germans are very ungrateful, and would like all US military troops removed from Germany. I am in complete agreement with them. We pulled out of France and the Philippines. Therefore, we should also close all bases in Germany, as it costs billions to maintain them. The Germans have a good army, and could, and should take care of themselves.

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 06:52 PM Frish Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Hello Archy,

1. You Trump groupies may be right...and a lot of other people wrong. But, it is an objective fact, easily verifiable by anyone...even you...that an actual majority of citizens of all western countries regard Trump as unstable and as a threat to peace;

2. In a recently published international survey (Google it) the United States dropped from 1st to 6th among the most admired countries (Germany is now 1st)...the survey identified what it calls the "Trump factor" as the reason for this county's decline;

3. The marching Nazis of today are mainly a frighteningly group of Trump supporters...not Germans. Germany today is a beacon of freedom, and is admired by more people than admire the United States (that too you can verify)...and is home to a growing community of both Israelis and frum Jews.

As is usually the case, on these issues you need a lot more cerebral intake before engaging in commentary outtake.

Not sure? Are u referring to the same international community the let the germans kill us

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 Dec 05, 2017 at 07:15 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

Remind me again why we care what the Germans think about us. What do the Germans think of the new Yankee manager? Have the Germans been relevant since the end of WWII?

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 09:21 AM yonasonw Says:

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Frish Says:

Not sure? Are u referring to the same international community the let the germans kill us

Not at all.

First of all, this is 2017 not 1942. However, if you insist on living in the international community of 75 years ago, let's be intellectually consistent; we should, among other things, fear Spain's joining the Axis, supply arms to the Chinese, celebrate the Marines' victory at Guadalcanal, plan for the invasion of North Africa, speculate on what happened to the U.S.S. Houston off Java in August, and recognize Egypt and India as parts of the British Empire.

Second, your comment "...let the Germans kill us..." is really way off. It reflects an attitude that particularly irked my father, zt"l, who was German Jew who got out in 1934 at age 23, lost most of his family in the camps...and who was an American Army officer, back in Europe during WWII...including Normandy and Bulge.

He often bemoaned what he called "simplistic" and "ill informed" American attitudes about that horrible period. He motivated me to read obsessively about the history of Nazi Germany.

For a recent and really good read, I suggest The Third Reich in Power, the award winning second of Richard J. Evan's trilogy on the Third Reich...easily found on Amazon and elsewhere.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 09:25 AM yonasonw Says:

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Just Wondering.... Says:

Remind me again why we care what the Germans think about us. What do the Germans think of the new Yankee manager? Have the Germans been relevant since the end of WWII?

Ever heard of NATO? The Bundeswehr, the united German armed forces, makes up its largest European component, and hosts the majority of United States troops assigned to NATO in Europe.

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