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EU global image improving, US fading

The perception that the EU is a global player is increasing worldwide, while the image of the US as the world's biggest power is fading, a new survey has shown.

Citizens in major states across the globe see the EU as the fifth superpower in the world after the US, China, Russia and Japan - but by 2020, Europe is expected to move up by one place, according to a poll released on Wednesday (12 December) by the German foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Respondents to the survey from within the EU are the most optimistic about the bloc's future as a global actor, with percentages ranging from 80 percent in Germany, to 70 percent (UK), and 38 percent (France).

Citizens from Russia (13 percent), Brazil (10 percent) and India (9 percent) rank Russia, the US and India top of the list, respectively.

The US will be "the great loser of the future", according to the poll.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 01:25:57 AM EST
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at 33%:

Almost an equal number of respondents - 57 percent - think China will be the world's most important player in 2020, 37 percent say it will be Russia and 33 - the EU and Japan.

Which is totally bizarre (I see Japan's influence as far lower than the EU's, and the EU's as far higher than Russia's.)

China got 57% to the U.S.'s 61%.

And while the following is encouraging, as far as China and Russia go --

In addition, Chinese and Russians think their countries should develop closer ties with the EU (98 and 91 percent, respectively), while 78 percent of Americans, 68 percent of Indians and 48 percent of Japanese share the same view.

-- I'm puzzled and disappointed that relatively so few Japanese are interested in closer ties with the EU.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 03:24:20 AM EST
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I am disappointed by the apparent difficulty that my fellow human beings seem to have in counting to one.

Based on those figures, it seems that when you ask someone who will be THE MOST important player in 2020, you get, on average, 2.5 answers.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 03:30:47 AM EST
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Which I find a most appropriate answer in these schizophrenic times. ;-)

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 06:08:04 AM EST
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Another example of our elites being out of step with public sentiment. We in europe are beginning to see our ability for united action as making us a significant contributor to global events, yet our leaders still crawl on their bellies to the White House for approval of their every action

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 06:57:10 AM EST
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