Besides that led to many bankruptcies of companies of all sizes, fewer income households and closing and cutting many state programs, the debt crisis in Europe took many governments. According to the study of American non-governmental institute Pew Research (done before the electoral defeat of President Nicolas Sarkozy) Europeans have less faith that most of their leaders can cope with economic challenges.
During the study, less than half the inhabitants of many countries have expressed their hope that the decisions of their leaders can help to tackle the crisis. Surprisingly, Poles and Czechs at least believe in the actions of their prime ministers Donald Tusk and Petr Nechas – 25% support in both countries. Followed by Greece and Spain respectively, the former Prime Minister Mariano Lucas Papadimos and Insurance Corporation – 32% and 45% in their favor. On the border are technocrats and former head of the commissioner Mario Monti, the Italian Government with 48% of respondents supporters and British Prime Minister David Cameron – by 51%.
Merkel is the leader
In stark contrast to other Europeans, deploring their leaders, 80% of Germans believe that Chancellor Angela Merkel has done a good job of keeping the economy stable in Germany. Apart receives support from its own citizens, it is admired in other member states where the survey. A large majority of respondents in six of seven other countries expressed their support for her work. Only the Greeks definitely not satisfied with the German leader, only 14 percent give it a positive evaluation. Despite great support to the German leader savings policies, which she insists, are becoming increasingly unpopular. In five of the six countries a majority of respondents say that austerity has gone so far as to have the highest rates in Spain and Britain – 73 and 71 per cent. Only 32% of Poles cuts are excessive. But Europeans are divided on whether to provide financial assistance to the indebted member states. In richer countries more than half the respondents are opposed to their governments to provide funds for rescue packages. As might be expected, poor Europeans consider that everyone in the EU should provide financial assistance.
At a time when the European Union is facing its greatest challenge, it appears that it is divided into various, sometimes contradictory elements. These divisions are not always identified as expected. Germans as they were alone in their satisfaction with the economic situation and the impact of European integration in the country. In contrast, their views on political issues do not differ seriously from that of other respondents. In many ways the Greeks are those who are most isolated in Europe. Public sentiment in Germany are significantly more positive than the rest of Europe. Unsurprisingly the biggest pessimists about the future of their country among Europeans are Greeks who are the biggest critics of European integration.
Although no clear division of opinion between southern and northern nations for the crisis, Britain, France and Germany are unwilling to finance leveraged Southerners, as they say the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards are the most lazy and corrupt. Most respondents in Italy and Spain actually recognize that this is true.