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Germany Is The 'Most Popular Country in the World' (BBC Polling)
CNBC ^ | : Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 8:44 ET | By: Katie Holliday

Posted on 05/23/2013 2:42:13 PM PDT by drewh

Europe's largest economy, Germany, which has been criticized for not doing enough to help struggling euro zone countries, has topped a poll as the world's most popular country.

The survey, carried out for the BBC, polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative.

Germany came out on top, with 59 percent of survey participants giving it a positive rating. The country moved up three percentage points from its 2012 position. It displaced Japan, which saw its positive rating fall from 58 percent last year to 51 percent, going from first to fourth place.

The most negatively perceived country was Iran, with only 15 percent of respondents giving it a positive rating. Pakistan and North Korea also received low ratings.

Germany's increased popularity was helped by positive reviews from people in Spain, France, Ghana and Australia.

Alastair Newton, political analyst at Japanese investment bank Nomura, said Germany's popularity in the survey is not surprising given the alternative choices.

"There are lots of reasons why Germany is admired," Newton said. "It is a large and important world economy, a world-class manufacturer and has a chancellor who demonstrates genuine leadership. The question also is, where else would it be? It is hardly likely to be the U.S., given their attitude to the Middle East, or China given Western and Japanese concerns on the country," he added.

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1 posted on 05/23/2013 2:42:13 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole

Hardly the most popular country in the whole world.

2 posted on 05/23/2013 2:44:30 PM PDT by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: drewh
"It is hardly likely to be the U.S., given their attitude to the Middle East"

Uh...Yeah....It's a one way street isn't it.
3 posted on 05/23/2013 2:44:46 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Q: The worst president in US history?)
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To: drewh

“polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union”

That’s a pathetic sample for a world survey, typical of the BBC.

Also, how is Germany the “most popular country in the world” when the only choices were the 16 Soviet republics of the EUSSR? I know they think the universe revolves around them, but...

I predict if the survey included ALL countries, the result would be Barbados or something similar.


4 posted on 05/23/2013 2:45:22 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Dallas59

I don’t see Yemen getting a single vote in a real survey, even from its own people.


5 posted on 05/23/2013 2:46:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: drewh

They seem to have come a long way since 1946.

And, likewise, the US - still the greatest democracy in the entire history of the world - has fallen a long way since 1946.

I’d be interested to hear an explanation.


6 posted on 05/23/2013 2:46:28 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: drewh
Fair enough.we’ll round up the 30 million wetbacks currently in the country and put them on a boat destined for Hamburg.We’ll be happier and the wetbacks will be happier.It’s a “win win” arrangement.
7 posted on 05/23/2013 2:49:00 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Let’s do it !!


8 posted on 05/23/2013 2:49:59 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Jack Hammer

“We taught them a lesson in 1918 and they’ve hardly troubled us since then.”


9 posted on 05/23/2013 3:10:04 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: drewh

Of COURSE it is:

In the sand-blown Turd World only RICH muzzies can afford multiple wives. But in GERMANY you officially marry ONE, and then send each of the next three to the local ward office.

There, peering out from her BEE-KEEPER GARB and baby bump, she spins ridiculous story about ONE NIGHT LOVE at the local disco, and the multiKulty idiots who work there won’t let out one peep.

FRITZ CAN PAY..!!

Did she get married at the Mosque? Why yes, and it’s quite the grand affair, too, but there is NO NEED AT ALL to register marriages at mosques in Germany, so as far as the taxpayers are concerned she REALLY IS “single”.

It’s a total scam, and literally on the national scale.


10 posted on 05/23/2013 3:12:13 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: drewh

Hey, a feller who opens his wallet and lets other people take money out of it is bound to be pretty popular.


11 posted on 05/23/2013 3:14:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Jack Hammer
I’d be interested to hear an explanation.

BUSH'S FAULT!©

12 posted on 05/23/2013 3:19:59 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: drewh

LOL. Next time they invade their neighbors and set up extermination camps, they will be welcomed with open arms and flowers.


13 posted on 05/23/2013 3:23:11 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: drewh
Germany Is The 'Most Popular Country in the World'

Deutschland Uber Alles!

14 posted on 05/23/2013 3:26:09 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: drewh

Jew haters if fits Nazi’s RULE.


15 posted on 05/23/2013 3:36:48 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: boomop1

it fits, that is


16 posted on 05/23/2013 3:37:59 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: drewh

But..But...Obama changed all that ....the world hated Bush not US!!!!!


17 posted on 05/23/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: drewh

18 posted on 05/23/2013 3:44:53 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: drewh

Thatz plumb stoopit.

More peope in shear nimbers and as a percentage of expatriates come to Amerika ©


19 posted on 05/23/2013 3:55:21 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: drewh
If there's anything in it, it's more like "least unpopular of the best known countries." Germany exports a lot, gives a lot in foreign aid and hands out a lot of scholarships. They're a big country, so even though they don't give as high a percentage of their GNP in developmental aid, they are #3 in the total amount.

In spite of all the horrible things Germany did in the war, they don't have the kind of troubled colonial past as other countries -- at least not outside Europe and not within living memory -- so countries outside Europe might think quite well of them.

20 posted on 05/23/2013 4:11:29 PM PDT by x
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“....they will be welcomed with open arms and flowers.”

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The Nazis were initially welcomed in the Ukraine in WWII but, stupidly, they showed their ingratitude.

Had the Nazis incorporated the Ukraine in a more honorable way, the two nations would have conquered Russia and the people in Europe would all be speaking German.


21 posted on 05/23/2013 4:12:53 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: thesharkboy

So, was the USA not included in the survey? The article does not make that clear - crappy journalism, for an article appearing in a USA news agency.


22 posted on 05/23/2013 4:34:18 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Viennacon

Frum Wurst to First!!!! Ja!


23 posted on 05/23/2013 4:34:45 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: 353FMG

Oh, they would have incorporated Ukraine, all right...by using it’s occupants as fertilizer.


24 posted on 05/23/2013 4:36:19 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: drewh; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Vee alvayz knowed it!


25 posted on 05/23/2013 4:36:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: drewh
"Alastair Newton,...The question also is, where else would it be? It is hardly likely to be the U.S., given their attitude to the Middle East,...,"

Another worldly limey Lawrence of Arabia speaks.


26 posted on 05/23/2013 4:37:15 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

“Don’t Mention the War.”


27 posted on 05/23/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revolting cat!

Maybe Germany is the nation that Obama is thinking of when he claims it is a fallacy that America is the best nation on Earth.

That or Saudi Arabia.


28 posted on 05/24/2013 6:46:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Vendome
People want to come to America instead of go to Germany because they don't want to have to learn to speak German.

Make people decline adjectives and nouns in English like they do in German...that will keep them out of the US!

29 posted on 05/24/2013 6:51:43 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: drewh
Germany Is The 'Most Popular Country in the World' (BBC Polling)

That's what happens when ya bomb Pearl Harbor.
30 posted on 05/24/2013 6:54:28 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: Jack Hammer
I'd like to hear an explanation

Morgen die ganze Welt

31 posted on 05/24/2013 6:57:42 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: 353FMG
The idea that Slavs were subhuman was a key part of Hitler's ideology. It doesn't get as much attention as his attitude toward the Jews since he didn't try to kill all the Slavs--although the total number of Slavs who died prematurely between 1939 and 1945 because Hitler invaded their countries (soldiers and civilians, directly shot or died in bombing raids or concentration camps or died of starvation) was a lot higher than the 6 million Jews whose deaths he was responsible for.

Hitler wanted to colonize the fertile grain-producing areas of Eastern Europe with Germans. That would be at the expense of Poles and Ukrainians.

That some Ukrainians initially welcomed the Germans was because of how badly they had been treated by Stalin (upwards of 3 million killed by starvation thanks to his policies in the 1930s), and perhaps ignorance of what the Nazi ideology was. It might have made sense for Hitler to treat the captive nations of the USSR well, but it would have gone contrary to his ideology. From a practical perspective, the Holocaust itself was stupid--killing healthy productive people for no reason beyond an obsession in Hitler's own mind.

32 posted on 05/24/2013 7:02:10 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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