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30 November, 2016

Most Germans believe EU is ‘heading in wrong direction’

Almost two-thirds of Germans are dissatisfied with the current situation in the European Union and want to see changes in the bloc, while about half of them even want to hold a referendum on Germany’s EU membership, a recent survey shows.

About 62 percent of German citizens believe that the European Union “is heading in the wrong direction,” a survey conducted by the TNS Infratest Politikforschung market research and analysis group says.

The survey also shows that 67 percent of Germans want the EU to change its political course.

When it comes to what Germans would specifically like to be changed about the EU, an overwhelming majority (about 96 percent) want the bloc to be “more transparent and closer to the people.

Only 39 percent of Germans see Germany’s EU membership as a strictly positive thing, while almost half tend to believe that its membership has both significant positive and negative aspects. As many as 42 percent of German citizens indicated they would like to hold a referendum on Germany’s EU membership.

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