Everyone: ‘Germany’s the greatest!’ Greeks: ‘No, actually, we’re the greatest.’
May 29, 2012 Leave a comment
A new poll out from Pew today shows that despite Germany’s insistence on austerity and reluctance to deepen its financial exposure to its neighbors, it remains by far the most respected country in Europe. Citizens of every European country rank Germans as the hardest-working Europeans — well, every country but one:
The British, Germans, Spanish, Poles, and Czechs all see Greece as the laziest country and Germany as the most industrious. The Greeks say they’ve got it backwards. (And to be fair, they’ve got some evidence on their side: In 2010, the average Greek worker worked 2,109 hours, to just 1,419 for the average German worker.)
Likewise, Chancellor Angela Merkel has strong majority support in every European country — except in Greece, where just 14% approve of her job performance.
Also worth noting, for the sake of stereotype-busting: A higher percentage of Germans (69) than Americans (67) say they support the free market.