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Stereotype or fact? Here is what Europeans think of their neighbours

In a survey conducted by Pew Research Institute across Europe, Germany was voted as the most trustworthy member by its European peers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, center, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a meeting of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council building in Brussels on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, center, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a meeting of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council building in Brussels on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo)

The Greece crisis has been dominating the headlines for over a week now. The faltering economy and severe austerity measures in the country resulted in them defaulting on loan repayment to their creditors. A bailout deal was thrashed out, but that did not happen before a showdown between Greece against the rest of Europe. Germany was in the vanguard, leading the negotiations with the Syriza government. It isn’t surprising why they the German were in mix of things. In a survey conducted by Pew Research Institute across Europe, Germany was voted as the most trustworthy member by its European peers.

And not surprisingly, Greeks nominated themselves as the “most trustworthy” as a country and voted Germany as the “least trustworthy” neighbour. The feeling appears to be mutual as Germans think that Greece is the “least trustworthy” and “least hardworking”. But the dubious honour of being the “most ignorant” and “least compassionate” also goes to Germany.

Similarly some interesting choices emerge from the results of the survey. Italians think that Italy is the “least worthy”, and Poland finds Germany to be “most trustwothy” and “least trustworthy” at the same time.

Here is the full low down of the survey.

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Source: Pew Research Center