Europeans’ Trust In U.S. As World Leader Collapses Amid Pandemic

Artivia Tahir

European trust in the US as a global leader falls because of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Recent polls have shown that European confidence in the US as a world leader has plummeted as a result of the country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Guardian.

  • The polls show that over 60 percent of respondents in Germany, France, Spain, Denmark and Portugal have lost trust in the US in its ability as a global leader.
  • In nearly every country surveyed, the majority of respondents indicated that their opinion of the US has fallen dramatically since the start of the pandemic, with policy experts Susi Dennison and Pawel Zerka saying that trust in the US is “broken.”
  • In the report on the survey’s findings, it is stated:

“Europeans’ trust in the US is gone. Many have been appalled by the [US’s] chaotic response to Covid-19; the lack of solidarity it showed with Europeans in the 12 March closure of its border to members of the Schengen area; and its lack of leadership in tackling the coronavirus crisis at the global level – or even engagement with the issue (beyond a war of words with the World Health Organization).”

  • Confidence is so low that only 2 percent of respondents in Germany and 3 percent in France would expect US aid as Europe works to rebuild its economy. Dennison added:

“Europeans have digested the fact that the US is no longer necessarily a friend for Europe in times of need.”

The report shows that Europeans want the EU to take the helm of international challenges such as the pandemic and climate change.

  • The authors of the report conclude:

“Europeans now have to live with the knowledge that, despite all the structures we have put in place to protect ourselves at the EU and global level, our continent can move from complacency to full economic and social shutdown in a matter of weeks. This realisation may have profound consequences for the way that Europe engages with the rest of the world.”

Read the full report.

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