70 Years After Churban Europe, Germany Voted the ‘Most Popular Country in the World’


made-in-germanyEurope’s largest economy, Germany, which has been criticized for not doing enough to help struggling euro zone countries, has topped a poll as the world’s most popular country.

The survey, carried out for the BBC, polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative.

Germany came out on top, with 59 percent of survey participants giving it a positive rating. The country moved up three percentage points from its 2012 position. It displaced Japan, which saw its positive rating fall from 58 percent last year to 51 percent, going from first to fourth place.

The most negatively perceived country was Iran, with only 15 percent of respondents giving it a positive rating. Pakistan and North Korea also received low ratings.
Germany’s increased popularity was helped by positive reviews from people in Spain, France, Ghana and Australia. But in debt-laden Greece a majority of people polled gave Germany negative ratings.

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  1. I don’t know if many people realize this but in the century after the expulsion from Spain in 1492 the Spanish arguably had more influence on world affairs than just about any country. It was only after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 by England that Spain began its long and steady decline until this very day. In retrospect it is clear that it is only because of their relentless pursuit of Jews for many years that Jews had no option to return and therefore established flourishing communities elsewhere including in Eretz Hakodesh.