Europeans do not want to be drawn into conflicts between the great powers

Results of a recent survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations

km. On 19 January 2021, the European Council on Foreign Relations published a study entitled “The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America “1. The study consists of 26 pages, reflects results of a survey of 15,000 citizens in eleven European states2 and comments on them. The survey was conducted at the end of November 2020, after the election of Joseph Biden. Its main purpose is to support the new US administration in its plans to tighten transatlantic ties again. The final chapter is therefore entitled: “Conclusion: Towards a new Atlanticism”. Nevertheless, the survey results are very interesting by themselves. Only one thing should be pointed out here. Citizens were asked: “If there was a disagreement between the US and China (or Russia), what do you like your country to do?” Respondents could choose between four different answers: “I would like my country to take China’s side (or Russia’s side)”, “I don’t know”, “I would like my country to remain neutral” and “I would like my country to take the United States’ side”. The result is that for both US disagreement with China and disagreement with Russia, the majority would like their country to remain neutral. Everywhere in Europe, the figures are 60 % (US-China) and 59 % (US-Russia). For US-Chinese disagreement, the figures range from 67 % in Portugal to 50 % in Poland and Denmark; for US-Russian disagreement, the figures range from 68 % in Portugal to 45 % in Poland. In Germany, the figures for both intergovernmental relations are 66 % of respondents who support a neutral stance for their country in the case of disagreements between the great powers.
  The study contains other interesting findings. It also shows that the majority of citizens think differently from their governments on an important political issue in many European states.  •



1 https://ecfr.eu/wp-content/uploads/The-crisis-of-American-power-How-Europeans-see-Bidens-America.pdf
2 Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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