With so much depressing news on the radar it is, perhaps, an opportune time to report on something amusing – European attitudes towards fellow Europeans.
The Pew Research Centre has recently published a survey, based on responses from participants across Europe, into this very subject and its findings raise a chuckle or three.
Asked “which is the most arrogant country in Europe” the consensus was Germany – which took pole position, but only just ahead of France. Interestingly even the French consider themselves to be the most arrogant, whilst the Germans consider themselves – at least according to the survey – to be the least arrogant. H’mmm.
Asked “which country is the most trustworthy” the overwhelming winner was Germany – with only a single country (Greece) in disagreement. Greek survey participants apparently believe the most trustworthy country in Europe is – well, em, er – Greece! Not a view, we suspect, shared by the nations they owe money too!
As to “which country is the most compassionate” opinion was extremely mixed, to the extent that there was no clear winner or even credible contender. However, Germany won the wooden spoon as “Europe’s least compassionate country” – a view, as it happens, endorsed by the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) nations bailed out using vast amounts of German taxpayers’ hard-earned; well that’s gratitude for you!
And, as is so often the case with European Competition (Eurovision Song Contest for instance) it was “nul points” for Britain across the board.
However there was some joy for David Cameron in the survey, in that both the Poles and French love him, even if no-one else does.
According to the Daily Telegraph;
“The only European leader rated highly by their own voters was the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who received a 74 per cent approval rating. Prime Minister David Cameron was next highest with a positive score of 37 per cent among the British public, although he can take some comfort from the fact that 58 per cent of Poles and half of all French people think he is doing a good job.”
French and Polish voters believe that David Cameron is doing a good job! Just one more reason why we should quit the European Union.