Focus on Europe
Results of a representative survey commissioned by
the Association of German Banks ahead of the 20th
Germa...
I.
Stronger appreciation of the benefits of EU membership for
Germany
European solidarity with the debt-laden eurozone cou...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“For Germany, membership of the European Union
bri...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
3530
28
232423 22
35
25
17 18 1818
19
29 30
25
24
...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“For Germany’s economic development, the EU is …”
...
Germany has come through the crisis well
The financial crisis and the sovereign debt crisis have
strengthened awareness th...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“Compared with its western European
neighbours, Ge...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 8
“Compared with its western European neighbours,
...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 9
“Are policymakers able to fix the country’s econ...
II.
A feeling that the euro crisis has been overcome
Alongside a more positive perception of the EU, trust and
confidence ...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“For Germany, the euro brings as a whole ...“
11
3...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“For Germany, the euro brings as a whole …”
12
23
...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 13
“For Germany, the euro brings as a whole ...”
4...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“The euro …”
14
66 66
31
28
yes
no
… has been a
su...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 15
“The euro has been a success so far.”
44
49
43
...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“The euro will be a success in the long term.”
16
...
III.
Majority for solidarity with the eurozone’s crisis-hit
countries
Nearly six out of ten respondents (57%) believe that...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“Saving the crisis-hit eurozone countries from
ins...
Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent.
“Saving the crisis-hit eurozone countries from
ins...
20
About the survey
Survey period: 7 – 11 March 2014
Sample: 995 respondents (German citizens) aged 18 and
over
Survey met...
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The Germans' perception of Europe is than in the last years. That's one of the results of a survey, conducted by the Association of German Banks and GFK ahead of the 20th German Banking Congress 2014. Further findings: The Germans' trust in the politicians and the currency Euro is rising.

If you prefer the German version of the study please check out: http://de.slideshare.net/Bankenverband/bankentag-europa-charts-gesamt-online

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  1. 1. Focus on Europe Results of a representative survey commissioned by the Association of German Banks ahead of the 20th German Banking Congress 2014 April 2014
  2. 2. I. Stronger appreciation of the benefits of EU membership for Germany European solidarity with the debt-laden eurozone countries in the form of loans and financial aid has not led in Germany to a negatively connoted “paymaster” image again. On the contrary, since 2010 the impression that Germany benefits from EU membership has grown steadily among citizens (from 23 to 35%), whereas the proportion of those who fear mostly disadvantages for the country has declined noticeably (from 29 to 19%). In addition, 87% believe that the EU is either “important” (54%) or “very important” (33%) for Germany’s economic development. 2
  3. 3. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “For Germany, membership of the European Union brings ...” 3 35 44 19 2 mostly advantages advantages and disadvantages mostly disadvantages don‘t know/ no response Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  4. 4. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 3530 28 232423 22 35 25 17 18 1818 19 29 30 25 24 2930 17 24 31 30 27 34 44 45 40 4647464444 4749 52 4746 0 20 40 60 80 mostly advantages mostly disadvantages advantages and disadvantages 4 “For Germany, membership of the European Union brings …” 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2011 2013 2014 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  5. 5. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “For Germany’s economic development, the EU is …” 5 32 33 52 54 11 10 2 2 9/2006 3/2014 very important important not so important unimportant Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  6. 6. Germany has come through the crisis well The financial crisis and the sovereign debt crisis have strengthened awareness that Germany is deeply embedded in the EU and also benefits economically as a result. Correspondingly, the great majority of citizens (79%) are also convinced that Germany is better-off economically than its western European neighbours. This reflects the view that the country has come through the crisis/crises relatively well. For the first time since the turn of the century, a majority of Germans therefore believe that policymakers have the ability to fix the country’s economic problems. 6
  7. 7. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “Compared with its western European neighbours, Germany’s economic situation is …” 7 79 14 5 better the same worse Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  8. 8. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 8 “Compared with its western European neighbours, Germany’s economic situation is …” 79 14 5 84 55 33 4340 5555 66 56 12 31 343030 24 31 35 3638 3 7 23 20 81059 28 16 0 20 40 60 80 100 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 better the same worse 2013 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  9. 9. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 9 “Are policymakers able to fix the country’s economic problems?” 20102002 2004 2008 9/2009 20112006 3/2009 2013 42 55 46 41 26 3232 23 30 35 46 37 51 56 71 6666 75 68 63 50 60 0 20 40 60 80 100 yes no 2012 2014 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  10. 10. II. A feeling that the euro crisis has been overcome Alongside a more positive perception of the EU, trust and confidence in the single European currency have also increased: only 18% of respondents (following 31% in 2012) currently believe that the euro brings mostly disadvantages for Germany. Two-thirds of citizens (66%) are of the opinion that the euro has (a) been a success so far and (b) will also be a success in the long term (in 2012, only 49% in both cases). In the eyes of citizens, the euro has evidently already passed the acid test. 10
  11. 11. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “For Germany, the euro brings as a whole ...“ 11 34 45 18 3 mostly advantages advantages and disadvantages mostly disadvantages don’t know/ no response Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  12. 12. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “For Germany, the euro brings as a whole …” 12 23 31 3433 31 18 39 35 45 mostly advantages mostly disadvantages advantages and disadvantages 3/2003 9/2012 3/2014 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  13. 13. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 13 “For Germany, the euro brings as a whole ...” 45 32 2321 34 40 33 31 20 18 31 35 39 44 0 20 40 60 80 advantages disadvantages advantages and disadvantages 6/1999 2/2002 3/2003 9/2012 3/2014 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  14. 14. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “The euro …” 14 66 66 31 28 yes no … has been a success so far … will be a success in the long term Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  15. 15. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. 15 “The euro has been a success so far.” 44 49 43 48 54 66 50 54 48 54 45 31 0 20 40 60 80 100 yes no 4/2010 10/2010 2/2011 9/2012 6/2013 3/2014 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  16. 16. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “The euro will be a success in the long term.” 16 66 55 60 78 7172 59 49 51 28 19 20 14 34 28 36 44 43 0 20 40 60 80 100 yes no 3/20085/2001 2/2002 3/2003 10/2010 2/2011 9/2012 6/2013 3/2014 Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  17. 17. III. Majority for solidarity with the eurozone’s crisis-hit countries Nearly six out of ten respondents (57%) believe that it was right to save the debt-laden eurozone countries from insolvency by providing financial aid. Compared with summer 2013, this proportion has increased slightly again. 17
  18. 18. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “Saving the crisis-hit eurozone countries from insolvency by providing financial aid was …” 18 57 37 6 right wrong don’t know/ no response Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  19. 19. Quelle: Bankenverband; jüngste Befragung März 2014; Angaben in Prozent. “Saving the crisis-hit eurozone countries from insolvency by providing financial aid was …” 19 54 57 42 37 6/2013 3/2014 right wrong Source: Association of German Banks; latest survey in March 2014; figures in per cent
  20. 20. 20 About the survey Survey period: 7 – 11 March 2014 Sample: 995 respondents (German citizens) aged 18 and over Survey method: Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) Commissioned by: Association of German Banks, Berlin Current survey and 2013 survey: GfK – Gesellschaft für Marktforschung, Nuremberg Earlier surveys: ipos – Institut für praxisorientierte Sozialforschung, Mannheim The results of all surveys are representative of the eligible voting population in Germany. All results shown in per cent. Percentage points short of 100 % accounted for by “don’t know”/no response.

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