German confidence in the European Union is weakening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the findings of a new poll.
Fifty-five percent of Germans now believe the EU’s political system is broken, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) survey, an increase of 11 percent from last November.
Only 36% of Germans said they thought the EU’s political system was working, up from more than half seven months ago.
And a third of Germans now believe that European integration has gone too far, compared to 23% last November.
The results, although dramatic, do not suggest that Germany is turning against the European project or that “Dexit” is likely anytime soon.
The only Eurosceptic party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), suffered a crushing defeat in regional elections four days ago in one of its homes.
But the poll suggests growing German disillusionment with the way the EU is run – and the reason is not hard to spot.
The poll found that 49% of Germans said they had less confidence in the EU due to the coronavirus vaccine fiasco which saw the bloc fail to order enough doses, leaving it behind the UK and US United for months.
“The poor performance of the EU in deploying the vaccine risks turning Brexit from a cautionary tale on Euroscepticism into a story of liberation from the bureaucratic slowness of Brussels institutions,” ECFR said in a statement. guidance note.
Many Germans are still angered by Angela Merkel’s decision to hand over vaccine orders to the bloc, leaving Europe’s largest economy struggling to catch up with the UK.
To add insult to injury, the EU has not ordered enough doses under the leadership of a German commissioner: Ursula von der Leyen.
Since then, Germany’s deployment has accelerated considerably: 46.5% have now had their first vaccine, while 22.8% are fully vaccinated.
But that still leaves the UK behind, where 59.7% have had their first vaccine and 42% are fully vaccinated.