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    Ahead of federal election: Germans do not have a favorite candidate for chancellor as regards foreign policy

    With the special survey of »The Berlin Pulse«, Körber-Stiftung now sheds light on the attitudes of Germans towards the most pressing issues of German foreign policy, only a few months ahead of the federal election.

    In the run-up to the German federal election, one-third (33 percent) of Germans are undecided which candidate for chancellor they would rate the most competent as regards foreign policy or do not attribute this expertise to any of the three candidates. When it comes to foreign policy, most Germans trust the Social democrat’s candidate Olaf Scholz (29 percent), closely followed by the CDU/CSU candidate Armin Laschet (23 percent). Only 13 percent of respondents consider Annalena Baerbock (Alliance90/The Greens) to be the candidate with the greatest foreign policy expertise. According to the survey, Germans are nevertheless relaxed about the end of Angela Merkel's term in office: 58 percent of respondents believe that Germany's influence in Europe and worldwide will not diminish when Merkel is no longer in office. Among the 18 to 34-year-olds, the figure is as high as 68 percent. Only 36 percent of respondents fear that Germany will lose influence.

    "The foreign policy challenges Germany is facing are immense. However, all three candidates for chancellor have yet to convince voters that they are capable of representing Germany's interests on the international stage as well," comments Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs of Körber-Stiftung, the latest survey results.

    In addition, the survey focuses on the three key foreign policy issues of the election campaign: Germany’s relation with China, Nord Stream 2 and the two percent target of NATO.

    Since 2014, Körber-Stiftung regularly asks Germans about their attitudes towards German foreign policy. »The Berlin Pulse« special survey was conducted by Kantar Public in May 2021. 1,031 eligible voters aged 18 and older participated in the representative survey. 

    »The Berlin Pulse« is the annual foreign policy report of Körber-Stiftung. It contrasts perspectives on German foreign policy by high-ranking international authors with current German public opinion based on representative surveys. This year’s issue will be published at the end of November on the occasion of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum. 

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