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Latest update : 2008-04-04

Europeans consider Germany to be the leader in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the continent's most influential person, according to the latest FRANCE 24/Harris Interactive/Herald Tribune poll.



The latest FRANCE 24 and International Herald Tribune opinion poll*, conducted by Harris Interactive, asked: which European country and politician embody leadership?


Germany is seen as the leading country, among Europeans polled. This opinion is widely shared by the French (68%), the Spanish (57%) and the Germans themselves (57%). The British and the Italians are split between Germany and Great Britain. The Americans polled, unsurprisingly, believe overwhelming (63%) that Great Britain embodies leadership.


And when asked to identify which person is currently the most influential leader in Europe, Europeans favored Angel Merkel with Nicolas Sarkozy trailing far behind, even among the French polled. Gordon Brown, who ranked first among the Americans polled, is rarely perceived as a leader by Europeans.


Even if European citizens don’t get to vote directly for the European president (particularly the British), they still have an opinion. While there is no clear favorite, Angel Merkel would still earn more “votes” as compared to other politicians. Only the Americans and British would choose Tony Blair as European president. It must be noted that Angela Merkel is the only popular choice among current politicians, compared with other popular “old guard” figures such as Jacques Delors, Felipe Gonzales, and Tony Blair.


Click here to read the complete opinion poll


This survey was carried out by the Harris Interactive institute, in partnership with the international news channel FRANCE 24 and the International Herald Tribune. 6,478 adults (between the ages of 16 and 64) were interviewed in France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain and the United States. Adults (between the ages of 18 and 64) in Italy were also polled. The questioning took place between February 27 and March 6, 2008.

Date created : 2008-04-04