Euroscepticism Grows In Germany as 63% Say the EU is Excessively Bureaucratic

Mish

Confidence in the European Commission is on the decline in Germany. It is just one of several signs of rising Euroscepticism .

"Dexit" Is the New Brexit

Deutschland Exit, Dexit, is the New Brexit Discussion.

Germany's far-right AfD party vowed to campaign for an end to coronavirus restrictions, a tougher line on migration and an exit from the EU as it finalised its election manifesto on Sunday.

The AfD had on Saturday voted to include a call for Germany to leave the European Union in its manifesto, as well as vowing to demand an end to coronavirus measures, complaining of a “politics of fear”.

Persistence of Euroscepticism

I saw that article a week ago and initially dismissed it as AfD only has 10-15% support.

Dexit is headed nowhere, for now. 

Yet, Eurointelligence takes Rising Euroscepticism very seriously.

Germans have lost confidence in the European Commission. Only 21% of Germans say that they have a either a lot or some degree of confidence in the Commission, down from 30% in 2019. This is in contrast to 50% who would say the same about the German government. 

8% say that Germany has benefited from the EU’s vaccine purchases, while 46% said no. But what is really striking is creeping euroscepticism. 39% wants repatriation of competences from the EU to member states. Only 12% want more competences for the EU. 63% think the EU is excessively bureaucratic, and 58% believe that Germany has to pay for over-indebted eurozone countries. 

We believe the AfD Dexit campaign is more dangerous than it appears. The AfD’s internal division might overshadow everything. But the party has the potential to attract protest votes from disgruntled CDU voters, especially in the east. And it is the only party willing to fish in the pool of anti-EU sentiment. The Allensbach numbers don’t suggest that Germans are in their majority in favour of leaving the EU. But they do tell us that euroscepticism is large and persistent.

We keep reminding ourselves that this is how Brexit started.

I disagree with the political wishes of Eurointelligence, but they give a very good perspective on what's really going on. 

Other than politicians and the Green party who is it that really believes in "More Europe"? 

Mish

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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I thought Germany was the biggest beneficiary of the EU. They sell the most goods and services to the other members than the other way around. I traveled europe before EU and it was a pain dealing with different currencies as you moved from country to country.

I dont care what happens to the eu, just make currency transactions simpler!

njbr
njbr

And, the alternative is...???

Sechel
Sechel

How much is the decline in German confidence in the E.U. temporaral and tied to Berlin's decision to allow Brussel's to negotiate on its behalf for Covid vaccines?

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The root issue is really always the problem of a common currency but no common debt. The bureaucracy is horrible, of course.

If Germany were to exit the EU, it’s all over...it could even be the start of a world wide credit lock-up that would make Jerome Powell jump out of a Fed window.

Sechel
Sechel

Well no doubt the U.K. is standing tall with their decision. They took a gamble and it paid off, Same like the U.S.

Quanta
Quanta

Lots of racists and "murica first" style nationalists everywhere. The anti-EU sentiment is almost entirely rooted in racism and fear of immigrants, while being pitched as a fight for "independence" and "sovereignty". Brexit has been disastrous for the UK, and this is not "temporary". Erecting significant barriers to trade always hurts everyone in the end.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Dexit and several other 'exits' would indeed be an option..... if it wasn t for the honey smeared, cheap debt, Euro trap....cheap debt is like heroin for smack addicts wanting more and more of it...with the ECB fulfilling its role as a pusher of last resort ... The Euro is here to stay and as a consequence so is the EU, no matter what a unfunctional, worthless institute it is !....Ever tried to make eggs again out of scrambled eggs ?...

Mish
Mish

Editor

@TexasTim65 really gets it.

Perfect synopsis "They were the biggest beneficiaries. But now they are potentially the biggest losers because all the other countries owe them a LOT of money and have no real way to pay any of it back unless Germany becomes a net importer of goods and services (which is politically a no-go in Germany)."

TT do you read Pettis or what I have said previously or did you come up with that on your own.?


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