Der Spiegel Online wrote today that despite expressing sympathy for the new US President Joe Biden, German citizens still believe that the United States is a huge threat to democracy, not Russia or China.
According to the Democracy Perception Index survey conducted by the Research Institute of the Democratic Alliance of Ratana, 36% of German respondents believe that the United States poses a greater threat to Germany’s democracy than China (33%) or Russia (29%).
In terms of global democracy, the Germans are more stringent: 51% of the interviewees believe that the United States has had a negative impact on the democratic process in the world.
Political scientists believe that the change of attitude towards the United States, especially in West Germany, symbolizes democracy and the struggle for freedom, and is the “deserved move” of former US President Donald Trump’s four-year administration.
“Donald Trump’s election has undoubtedly damaged the trust of European partners in the United States,” Jonas Parello-Plesner, director of the League for Democracy, told Der Spiegel Online.
He concluded that, however, the “Biden effect” was evident in the survey, which affected the increase in the United States’ awareness of positive views compared with last year.
Generally regarded as the greatest threat to democracy, German citizens surveyed cited economic inequality, excessive power over large-scale technical issues, and restricted freedom of opinion.