Nearly three quarters of respondents within a survey stated transatlantic connections are’ good’ or’ very good.’
BERLIN – The connection between Germany and the U.S. has developed markedly since Joe Biden became U.S. president, based on a survey of Germans.
According to the survey, published Monday by the Körber-Stiftung, a think tank, 71 percent of Germans see relations with the U.S. as “good” or “very good,” up from 18 percent in the equivalent study conducted in 2020, during Donald Trump’s last year in office.
“The change in the White House has really led to a reversal of the evaluation of transatlantic relations on the part of the Germans,” said Julia Ganter, program manager of the Berlin Pulse, the Körber-Stiftung’s foreign policy publication.
Additionally, forty four % of individuals surveyed stated the U.S. is Germany’s most crucial partner in a different policy context, accompanied by France with twenty seven %, China with six % and Russian federation with four %. Some sixty two % of respondents said getting a good relationship with the U.S. is more essential for Germany than having 1 along with other countries, when compared with just eighteen % that said exactly the same about ties between Moscow and Berlin.
Irreversible Estrangement Between Germans and Americans
“It is gratifying that the Trump years have not led to an irreversible estrangement between Germans and Americans,” said Nora Müller, head of foreign policy at the Körber-Stiftung. “However, it remains to be seen whether the positive trend will continue,” Müller said, adding that “a number of transatlantic disputes remain unresolved.”
Climate change was of all the problems where Germans had been much less excited about the U.S., with fifty four % of respondents saying they don’t check out the U.S. as someone in the industry.
In China, forty one % said they check out the U.S. as someone when managing Beijing, while forty seven % said the opposite.
Also on China, just twenty six % stated they thought China to constitute “a major threat” to German values, with forty eight % saying the nation was “a little threat” along with twenty four % “no threat whatsoever.”
“That shows that Germans usually struggle with a program of rivalry toward China,” stated Ganter, pointing at variations in opinion over the country. “China is perceived as considerably less negative in eastern Germany than for western Germany.”