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Friends in high places

We’ve just come across an interesting new IP/Forsa poll, courtesy of the German Council on Foreign Relations, on German attitudes to Britain’s membership of the EU.

Here are the highlights:

  • Of those over 18 surveyed by opinion pollsters Forsa, 64 percent said they were in favour of Britain staying in the EU. Just 22 percent said that the EU would be a better place without its island neighbour.
  • The younger generation was particularly keen, with 69 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds saying they wanted the UK in. Of those over 60 years old, a smaller 56 percent said the same thing.

Here’s a link to the pdf (in German).

Only one poll. But it does go to show that the continent isn’t quite ready to let Britain go quite yet – at least not the people of Germany, and that, if the Government plays its cards well, a new Anglo-German bargain on the future of Europe is there to be struck.

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