Zoltán Konsiczky, Special Envoy for MTI, means:
The vast majority of Germans question that the United States is a trusted partner for Europe’s security – the survey, which was announced on Friday by ZDF, German public service television.
According to data published on the channel’s website, only 9 percent of the respondents said that Washington reliably guarantees Europe’s security. The remaining 2 percent said they did not know.
But the more divided society is about increasing defense spending. The 49% majority contends that Germany’s defense expenditures, as it assumed in 2014 at the NATO summit in Welsh, will raise to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2024, while 45% support it. It is clear from political sympathy that the majority of the right-wingers and the majority of liberal voters support higher military spending while the majority of leftists and the Greens oppose it.
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a large majority in Helsinki next week, and 70 percent of respondents do not expect much change. Twenty percent believe that the relationship between Washington and Moscow will improve, while five percent expect the relationship between the two countries to continue to worsen after the summit.
The survey also covers current German issues of domestic politics. Sixty-one percent support the grand coalition idea to introduce the so-called transiting route at the German-Austrian border and asylum seekers who have already applied for asylum in another EU country are sent back there within 48 hours. Thirty-four percent disagree with this.
It is part of the High Coalition Agreement that will include a uniform legal framework for the rules governing the immigration of skilled workers coming from outside the European Union. This is supported by 73 percent and 21 percent oppose it.
They also asked people about who they hold the 10 most important politicians in the country. This was to be marked on a scale from +5 to -5, and for the first time Olaf Scholz, the Social Democratic Finance Minister, came to the fore with an average of 1 point. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat chancellor followed 0.9 points. The Foreign Ministers of Heiko Maas are the fourth, Andrew Nahles, the Social Democratic party leader, the sixth, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, and Markus Söder, the Bavarian prime minister, the ninth. Since the last survey, the judgment of the Bavarian Christian Social Federal Minister Horst Seehofer has dropped from -0.3 to -1.2, and now he is closing the tenth list.
Shared with the Chancellery of Angela Merkel. Asked what they thought: after a government crisis after asylum, Chancellor remained, 50 percent said that this is good, and 47 percent think it is a bad thing for Merkel to remain. Three-quarters of conservative voters support him to remain the head of government.
Horst Seehofer’s judgment is completely different from Merkel. Fifty-seven percent think it is wrong for a federal interior minister to remain after the government crisis, and 37 percent agree to continue to lead the wallet. Even the majority of conservative voters, 51 percent think it is a bad thing to continue as Minister of the Interior. Interestingly, however, the overwhelming majority of the sympathizers of Alternative Germany (AfD) to the right of the ruling conservative union parties, 68 percent consider it a good thing Horst Seehofer is the Federal Interior Minister.
If elections were held on Sunday, the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), would receive 31 percent of the vote. The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) would vote 18 percent, and AfD would choose 15 percent. The Liberal Free Democratic Party could expect 7 percent of the vote. The Left to the left of the SPD is 11, and Greenes 14 percent. The other parties have a total support of 4 percent.