US Research Institute: Europe Loses Confidence in NATO


The Alliance is rapidly losing European support. Moreover, confidence in the NATO bloc is falling in countries that are its key participants - in Germany and France.


The American research institute Pew Research Center on February 9, 2020 published very interesting data from a survey of Europeans. Over the past ten years, confidence in NATO has fallen by an average of 20%. Today, only 57% of German citizens and 49% of French citizens have a positive attitude toward the North Atlantic Alliance. And in these indicators there is nothing surprising. In the form in which NATO exists today, the bloc has long ceased to satisfy the security needs and interests of Western European states.

Today, the alliance is an instrument for maintaining the American military presence on the continent. It is no accident that French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly proposed the creation of a new military structure - a united European army. In fact, this is the same NATO, but without the United States and probably Turkey, the attitude towards which in Europe is also far from positive.

The American leadership, in turn, is very wary of the idea of ​​creating a pan-European army. Indeed, if it appears, the meaning of the existence of the North Atlantic Alliance will disappear, and the US military presence in Europe will become less justified. Therefore, all of Washington’s hopes today are associated with the countries of Eastern Europe - Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, as well as Norway and not a member of the alliance with Sweden.

It is in these states that the highest degree of anti-Russian sentiment is broadcast by the authorities and the media. US diplomats had already threatened Germany to transfer troops and military equipment to Poland if the Germans did not increase defense funding, including the maintenance of American bases. Amid such blackmail, the deterioration of attitude toward the North Atlantic Alliance in Germany is a completely understandable phenomenon.

There is one more nuance. Europeans are less and less eager to protect each other from Russia. For example, only 41% of the French and 34% of Germans answered in the affirmative when asked whether their countries should help a NATO member attacked by Russia. This is due to the fact that today NATO includes very aggressive states against the Russian Federation such as the Baltic countries or Poland, and the Germans and French do not want to fight for pro-American provocateurs.

In addition, the old territorial claims of a number of European countries play a role in relation to the alliance. For example, the US and NATO have a positive attitude towards modern Ukraine. But in Hungary, the actions of Kiev do not cause the slightest approval. As many as 67% of the Hungarians surveyed said that Hungary should regain the territories that were once part of it. And we, as we understand it, are talking about Transcarpathia, which is now part of Ukraine. In a number of Transcarpathian settlements, Magyars constitute a significant part of the population. According to the authorities of Hungary and ordinary Hungarians, their fellow tribesmen are discriminated against in Ukraine.

60% of Greeks also declare their desire to return their lands. And in this case, territorial claims are most likely also addressed to neighboring countries that are part of the NATO bloc. With the Germans, 30% of the respondents want the return of historical lands, most likely those that after the war were included in Poland.

As you can see, the disagreements in Europe are very large and they will only grow. Too many European countries have claims to each other, and to the United States, and to the EU leadership. Against the backdrop of the crisis of the North Atlantic Alliance, Russia can significantly strengthen its position in Europe, especially if we talk about such Western European countries as France, Germany and Italy. In each of these states, there are impressive political forces that oppose both anti-Russian sanctions and the withdrawal of countries from the North Atlantic Alliance.
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  1. DMB 75 10 February 2020 11: 12 New
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    The Alliance is rapidly losing European support.

    Their shirt is closer to the body ... They have long understood that US policy has long been contrary to the interests of Europe, because
    I don’t feel like fighting for pro-American provocateurs.

    I hope that I will live to see the collapse of NATO. There are all the prerequisites for this — they used to be a monolith, now they are not.
    1. Gene84 10 February 2020 11: 54 New
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      Quote: DMB 75
      Their shirt is closer to the body ... They have long understood that US policy has long been contrary to the interests of Europe,

      Let the United States and Europe claw among themselves. Disagreements between them weaken the US position on the European continent. The main thing is not to get Russia into their conflict. Let them swim in their “mud”.
  2. Olgovich 10 February 2020 11: 13 New
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    The Alliance is rapidly losing European support. Moreover, confidence in the NATO bloc is falling in countries that are its key participants - in Germany and France.
    Hurry, ehhh!

    But "I am tormented by vague doubts," the owners from the United States will shout, and they will not go anywhere ...
    And England is even more so ...
    1. ser56 10 February 2020 11: 31 New
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      Quote: Olgovich
      the hosts from the United States will be shouted, and they will not go anywhere ...

      one hope - they in the USA themselves will be bitten into elections and will not be up to Europe ... repeat
      1. Masha 10 February 2020 11: 52 New
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        one hope - they in the USA themselves will be bitten into elections and will not be up to Europe ...

        I cherish the hope that not only to Europe ... there will be no time left for us ... yes
  3. Keyser soze 10 February 2020 11: 15 New
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    As an EU citizen, my opinion is similar - it is necessary to create a European army. NATO is more and more an instrument of the USA and their noisy friends. It is clear that no one will go to war because of problems created by the Balts or Poles or Swedes.

    It’s not a problem to allocate 2 and 3% of GDP to the army, but the problem is to allocate the same percentages to American politics.
    1. ser56 10 February 2020 12: 06 New
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      Quote: Keyser Soze
      . It is clear that no one will go to war because of problems created by the Balts or Poles or Swedes.

      recall what caused the 1MB?
    2. Pete mitchell 10 February 2020 15: 34 New
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      Quote: Keyser Soze
      As a citizen of the EU ... you need to create a European army ... no one will go to war because of problems created by the Balts or Poles or Swedes

      Oh, good idea, just remember that Sweden is officially a neutral country.
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        1. Pete mitchell 10 February 2020 16: 10 New
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          Quote: Keyser Soze
          mea culpa

          Not clear, but probably great. Moderators can underestimate comments in a foreign language request
          1. Keyser soze 10 February 2020 16: 23 New
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            Moderators can underestimate comments in a foreign language


            He is not a stranger, but simply dead. drinks But there is not a word about dead languages ​​in the rules. "My fault" in Latin.
            1. Pete mitchell 10 February 2020 18: 22 New
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              Quote: Keyser Soze
              about dead languages ​​not a word is in the rules. "My fault" in Latin.
              Probably, it just flew in for me, so the koment disappeared recourse
              Let's see how Europe, especially the old ones, can persevere. Wait
  4. Cowbra 10 February 2020 11: 15 New
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    Strange, why would it? Maybe because. what Trump has said more than once. that America will not fight for its interests (read - if Europe needs help - nevermind them. Our bases in Europe are purely occupying, and let the tribes cut each other there as they want)
  5. Lamata 10 February 2020 11: 28 New
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    Well, it’s not such a bad percentage of confidence in NATO, but the fact that Sweden behaves this way is not adequate, this is not buzzing, and there are Finns stirring me with our threat to them.
    1. Lamata 10 February 2020 13: 24 New
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      Again minusator maniac)))) Agent (emphasis on the first syllable) of the State Department))))
  6. knn54 10 February 2020 11: 54 New
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    Humiliated the Yankees, however.
  7. Masha 10 February 2020 11: 56 New
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    In less than 75 years ... how Europe had suspicions ... lol
    1. Lamata 10 February 2020 12: 01 New
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      and after all, only suspicion and not confidence)))
      1. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 02 New
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        Quote: Masha
        In less than 75 years ... how Europe had suspicions ... lol


        Better later than never, but they are already heavily occupied ...
        1. Masha 10 February 2020 12: 09 New
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          Better later than never

          oh well .... the whole US Research Institute is working .... so that suspicions do not take shape! laughing
          1. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 24 New
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            In the days of the USSR, there were about 17 of them, but now it’s a pathetic one ...
            1. Masha 10 February 2020 12: 27 New
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              Quote: cniza
              In the days of the USSR, there were about 17 of them, but now it’s a pathetic one ...

              where is such complete confidence? spy??? belay scout!!!! wink
              1. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 30 New
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                Yeah, but judging by their slurred work, they all shut them down, there were no specialist analysts left, and they’re generally information from us about us. networks take. yes
                1. Masha 10 February 2020 12: 32 New
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                  Quote: cniza
                  but about us they generally information from the social. networks take.

                  and their intelligence through the same social networks merge .... laughing
                  1. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 43 New
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                    They got too many little rascals ... lol
                    1. Masha 10 February 2020 12: 51 New
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                      and what to take from them? if Trump himself shows an example ... recourse "Twitter" is theirs all !!! laughing
                      1. cniza 10 February 2020 21: 02 New
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                        Soon they will move there to live ... laughing
  8. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 01 New
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    Today, only 57% of German citizens and 49% of French citizens have a positive attitude toward the North Atlantic Alliance.


    NATO is the USA, and the USA is the occupier, and how should it relate to the occupier?
    1. ser56 10 February 2020 12: 06 New
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      Quote: cniza
      But how should it relate to the occupier?

      it’s not necessary to simplify - it’s the NATO umbrella that saves Europe from wars .. the United States will leave — Germany will rise sharply — do we need this?
      1. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 21 New
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        Is the US better than Germany?
        1. Gene84 10 February 2020 12: 24 New
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          Quote: cniza
          Is the US better than Germany?

          They are all the same, that the USA, that Germany. For some reason, Russia always interferes with them.
          1. cniza 10 February 2020 12: 25 New
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            But we can make counterbalances, or rather, we have no other option.
            1. novel66 10 February 2020 12: 57 New
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              By the way, we always had a lot in common with Germany, so they pushed us in wars, so as not to agree
              1. cniza 10 February 2020 21: 04 New
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                So this is a nightmare for everyone if Russia and Germany begin to cooperate and move common projects, so they are sausage ...
          2. ser56 10 February 2020 14: 30 New
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            They are all the same, that the USA, that Germany

            exactly! we must learn to push their foreheads and weaken ... request
  9. ZaharoFF 10 February 2020 12: 13 New
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    Like any block, NATO, of course, will collapse. Only when will this happen? I hope that the generation of the living will see this.
  10. rocket757 10 February 2020 12: 57 New
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    It seems that people just want to live peacefully and abundantly in their own country ... on the other hand, how to understand this?
    In addition, the old territorial claims of a number of European countries play a role in relation to the alliance.

    Again divided, wanted to dress? It’s strange.
  11. Ros 56 10 February 2020 13: 28 New
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    How can you lose what was not there. Or does someone think that Europeans fought among themselves for so many years, are so naive? Outwardly, it may not have manifested itself very much, diplomacy however, but you cannot fit into a stranger's soul. And in 56 in Hungary and in 68 in Czechoslovakia it even manifested itself, or someone seriously believes that there were only Russian troops there, well, well, take an interest in those soldiers who happened to be there in those years. And this is only in the Eastern bloc, and in Western Europe its troubles.
  12. g1washntwn 10 February 2020 14: 51 New
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    Suddenly it turned out that Russian tanks seem only to crazy American generals. Those wishing to appear in the windows appeared only among those who are closest in psychic indicators to the aforementioned general. Therefore, pro-Western propaganda rushed to accuse the sane and adequate of abnormality. What is a common occurrence in psychiatry, from the point of view of the mentally ill, they are healthy, and everyone except them is sick.
  13. Paul Siebert 10 February 2020 18: 59 New
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    Russia can significantly strengthen its position in Europe

    Let these Europeans fight for us among us!
    Who will lift the sanctions first ...
    Who invests more money in the Russian economy ...
    Who will open more Russian schools in his country ...
    Then we’ll see who we will be friends with!
    Only now - all these are tales for the defective ... lol
  14. NF68 12 February 2020 18: 12 New
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    Rather, in Europe, they lose confidence not so much in NATO, but in the United States, which rule NATO.