Migration worries German people, but Trump’s policies worries them even more – Survey

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More than two-thirds of Germans — or 69 percent — are extremely concerned that US President Donald Trump’s policies are having a dangerous impact worldwide, according to the annual survey “The fears of Germans” by the R+V Infocenter.

“Trump’s ruthless ‘America First’ politics, his aggression with regards to international arrangements and his equally aggressive trade and security politics, even towards allied countries, scare the majority of the population,” said Manfred G. Schmidt, a professor at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg and a consultant for R+V Infocenter.

It was one of the highest ever percentages recorded in the survey, which has cataloged German fears since 1992.

63 percent believe that German authorities and institutions are unable to cope with refugees and asylum-seekers, 63 percent also fear that increased migration will spark further tension between Germans and asylum-seekers and refugees. Both figures are higher than in the survey released in 2017.

More than 60 percent of those polled put little store in politicians, fearing that they are not up to the job.

Around 58 percent of Germans are still concerned about terrorist attacks in Germany, although the number has dropped in recent years.

The survey also shows 48 percent of Germans are worried about climate change and believe it will have a dramatic impact on the environment.


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