Less than 50% of Germans approve Grexit

Germany was ready to say a farewell to Greece, but then warmed up. Credits: Reuters

Germany was ready to say a farewell to Greece, but then warmed up. Credits: Reuters

19 July. — Welt am Sonntag published the results of a public opinion poll conducted by YouGov, to which 1,380 persons responded. According to the poll, 48% of Germans support Greece’s exit from the eurozone. In addition, 79% of Germans negatively evaluate, one way or another, the new agreement with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. As the newspaper notes, discontent is spread throughout all social groups.

The fact that the third financial assistance package for Greece is a complex political issue became clear on 17 July. (The first two were passed in 2010 and 2012, respectively.) The government obtained approval to start negotiations without any apparent problem: 439 people voted “for”, 119 “against”, and 40 abstained. However, there were 60 “dissenters” from the ruling CDU/CSU bloc among the opponents of the new financial infusion, which was the greatest rebellion in all five years of various stages in the debate over aid for Greece.

Moreover, the question remains open about the status under which Athens will receive financial support and undertake reforms. Germany’s Ministry of Finance led by Wolfgang Schäuble thinks that a temporary voluntary exit from the eurozone may be the optimal solution.

A significant portion of German society holds just such an opinion. Meanwhile, it is rather difficult to determine the real strength of the proponents and opponents. Indicators from public opinion polls vary significantly. So, according to YouGov’s research, the number of those who would like to see Greece’s exit from the eurozone is 48%. By the same token, the agency’s next survey confirmed the first drop below 50% since February.

In the meantime, other sociological research indicates that this number varies between 32% and 45%. The only thing sociologists can ultimately agree upon is that the majority of Germans would like to see Greece remain in the eurozone all the same.

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