Most Germans believe their ‘golden age’ is over, poll finds

The vast majority of Germans believe their country’s “golden age” has handed, according to a new poll that casts doubt on its long term part as Europe’s de facto leader on the eve of Angela Merkel’s departure.

Investigate by the European Council on International Relations discovered 52pc of Germans are pessimistic about the long term, believing the best is behind Europe’s biggest overall economy.

Across the bloc as a full, respondents are similarly sceptical. Just over a 3rd explained that Germany’s golden age experienced handed, though just 10pc considered it was still to occur.

The feel tank’s report, Over and above Merkelism, discovered enduring assist for the outgoing Mrs Merkel throughout the bloc, with Europeans backing her previously mentioned French president Emmanuel Macron as a hypothetical long term prospect for EU president.

A plurality of European citizens – 36pc – reliable Germany to defend their economic and fiscal interests, despite the long shadow of the austerity agenda Mrs Merkel assisted introduce in the wake of the fiscal crisis.

Nonetheless, assist for German leadership on geopolitical concerns was inadequate, with just a single in five of these polled believing the company can lead the bloc in relations with Russia, and just 17pc indicating the identical for EU relations with China.

The report explained: “These results counsel that, though Angela Merkel has cemented Germany’s placement as a terrific European energy, the cornerstones of her legacy – neutrality and consensus creating – will not be enough to defend the unity of the EU, and its position in the planet, in the yrs to occur.”

Germans will head to the polls on September 26 to elect a new parliament and pick out a successor to Mrs Merkel, who has served as chancellor considering the fact that 2005.

Her individual occasion, the Christian Democratic Union, is lagging its coalition spouse, the centre-still left Social Democrat Social gathering, in polls. Mrs Merkel’s SPD finance minister, Olaf Scholz, is possible to turn out to be the upcoming chancellor.