universal stereotypes might often point toward France as being Europe’s “most
arrogant” country, a new
survey from the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project takes the above Fast
Track report one step further. According to the most recent data, Germany is
actually seen as the haughtiest, with France coming in second.
account the opinions of 7,600 people in Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy,
Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic, here are the other titles Europeans have
given to themselves and to each other:
Least arrogant: Spain
no runaway winner in this category, but Spain won, ironically, because its
people voted for themselves. In fact, every country voted for itself with the
exception of Italy, which selected Spain and cemented its spot as the winner,
and the Czech Republic, which chose Slovakia.
Most trustworthy: Germany
across the entire continent, Germans are considered to be the most trustworthy,
a title many likely can understand given how the country has been working to
lead the EU out of its long-running economic slump. Greece was the only country
that saved that accolade for themselves, despite – or in spite – of its
national economic crisis.
Least trustworthy: Italy and Greece
Perhaps it is
the universal stereotype of Italians being smooth talkers – or former prime minister
Silvio Berlusconi’s well-publicised exploits – that earned Italy a tie as “least
trustworthy.” Regardless, it seems it is something they accept, because they
also chose themselves for the title. Germans
were split on whether Italy or Greece was less trustworthy, and in the end both
tied for the top spot. There seems to be mutual suspicion between the countries,
though, because Greece selected Germany as “least trustworthy”.
Most compassionate: Depends who you ask
country deemed themselves as the “most compassionate” in the EU: Britain,
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland and the Czech Republic all voted
Least compassionate: Germany
Germans might be perceived as the most trustworthy, Europeans think a sob story
is best told to another nationality. Six out of the eight countries surveyed
chose Germany as the least compassionate, while two others (Germany and France)
gave that distinction to Britain.
Most positive about their economy: Germany
the only country surveyed that thinks its national economy is faring well. In
2012 the Germany economy grew by 0.7%, “modest”, as the survey described. It
was comparatively strong, however, given that the EU average was moving in the
opposite direction at -0.3%.
Who dislikes Germany the most: Greece
voted Germans as their pick in every negative category: least trustworthy, most
arrogant and least compassionate. Given Germany’s role in the current economic
crisis, at times having to play bad cop to Greece, it is unsurprising.
Most dissatisfied with the direction of their
financially plagued countries in the EU were also the most dissatisfied with
the direction of their countries, with Greeks being the most displeased, almost
unanimously so at 97%. Italy followed closely in dissatisfaction with 96%,
while Germany was the only country surveyed with majority satisfaction -57%.
The article 'Are the French really as rude as the surveys say?' was published in partnership with BBC's Fast Track.