Aug 21 2018

Survey finds 71 percent of Germans oppose financial assistance to Turkey

Seventy-one percent of Germans oppose proposals to grant financial assistance to Turkey as the country struggles with serious economic problems, the results of a survey have shown.

The survey was conducted by Civey, a polling company associated with Die Welt newspaper, in response to a statement from Social Democratic Party leader Andrea Nahles.

The survey found that only 22 percent of Germans were receptive to the statement by Nahles, who had discussed sending an aid package to Turkey after its diplomatic fallout with the United States and the ensuing nosedive of the lira, which has lost around 20 percent of its value to the dollar in the past month.

"A situation might arise where Germany needs to help Turkey, regardless of political tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," German international broadcaster DW quoted Nahles as saying during an interview published in Germany on Sunday.

"Turkey is a NATO partner who we cannot ignore. It is in everyone's interest that Turkey remains economically stable and that the current turbulence involving its currency can be stemmed," Nahles said.

However, the statement proved an unpopular one with the general public, and even Nahles’s own party did not look warmly on it. Only 46 percent of the SDP backed the idea, while 42 percent opposed it.

The general secretary of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party announced on Sunday that aid to Turkey was not currently on Merkel’s agenda.