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Germans Ready for Less Europe


Back in August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel caused a ruckus in Europe by suggesting that Brussels might need to devolve some power back to EU member states. New polling data released by Open Europe suggests that Merkel isn’t the only German ready for less Europe. Across the board, German voters remain opposed to expanded commitments to the EU and other Eurozone countries.

German voters’ support for ‘more Europe’ seems to be mostly limited to strict control over other countries’ spending. On all other eurozone initiatives currently being discussed – including debt write-downs and a banking union – a majority of Germans remain opposed.

Germany has always been and will always be the key to solving Europe’s many problems. With German sentiments running against a stronger, more centralized European Union, serious structural reforms, and not expanded EU authority, will likely be the way forward.

[Angela Merkel image courtesy of the European People’s Party]

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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    It’s only a matter of time before the economic and social forces cause the EU to fly apart, like the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact 20 years ago. In the end, the Euro will be gone, and only a much reduced trade union, similar to the Russian one, will remain.

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