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Support from Germany on EU reform

14 October 2015

Support from Germany on EU reform

The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Open Europe Berlin and PWC AG commissioned the opinion research institute, Forsa Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen, to perform a representative survey on the current political developments in the EU, seen from Germany.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, Open Europe Berlin and PricewaterhouseCoopers AG commissioned the opinion research institute, Forsa Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen, to perform a representative survey on the current political developments in the EU, seen from Germany. The results have been presented in Berlin on 13 October 2015.

The result of the representative survey: A clear majority of Germans agreed with the British Prime Minister’s key points of the EU reform agenda. 64% of those questioned were in favour of veto rights, which David Cameron has called “red card procedure“. These rights would authorise Member States not to implement EU laws if a certain number of their representatives are against the changes. 54% of Germans would like to see more rights and responsibilities transferred from Brussels back to the Member States. With regard to the social benefit schemes, a particularly high portion of those surveyed (69%) said that the respective governments’ benefits payments for citizens of other Member States should be made dependent on having made social security contributions. 55% of Germans would regret Great Britain leaving the EU and 36% would not regret it.

Speaking from Berlin, Beatrix von Storch commented: “The Germans supports very clearly David Cameron’s reform agenda for the EU. “Red Card procedures” for national parliaments or transferring Brussels competencies back to the Member States: the Germans think more British than many would have expected. The ECR group is conscious of the urgent need to reform the EU on the basis of Eurorealism, openness, accountability and democracy, in a way that respects the sovereignty of our nations and concentrates on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness. We support David Cameron and his EU reform agenda.”

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