Survey: Europe, Climate and Corona are the most important foreign policy tasks
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – According to a recent survey, the cohesion of Europe ranks first among German citizens when it comes to the most important foreign policy tasks of the traffic light government. In the survey carried out by the Forsa opinion research institute on behalf of the magazine “Internationale Politik”, strengthening European cohesion is at the top of the list for 44 percent of those questioned. Global climate protection and the international fight against the coronavirus pandemic come in second and third with 35 and 32 percent respectively.
According to the survey, 29 percent consider the commitment to a common European foreign and defense policy to be the most important. 22 percent think that the federal government should take particular care to limit the influence of authoritarian states such as Russia and China. 18 percent advocate active diplomacy that mediates in conflicts.
When the magazine asked about foreign policy priorities at the end of April 2021 in connection with the looming federal election campaign, 45 percent named climate protection, 37 percent help poor countries fight pandemics and only 32 percent mentioned strengthening European cohesion.
Currently, however, Europe is particularly important to younger people (18-29 years) with 61 percent, as is intervening in conflicts (44 percent). With regard to the party preference, it is noticeable that CDU / CSU supporters mention Europe’s cohesion particularly often (64 percent), and voters of the Greens mention climate protection (84 percent). FDP supporters are strongly in favor of taking action against autocrats (60 percent) ./ bk / DP / stk
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