‘We still believe in euro,’ say half of Germans

Despite a fairly constant stream of bad news from the eurozone, a new survey has found that a slim majority of Germans remain loyal to the single currency.

'We still believe in euro,' say half of Germans
Photo: DPA

The study, conducted by the Allensbach research institute, asked respondents how they would vote in a referendum on Germany’s membership of the eurozone.

It found that 50 percent of Germans said they would vote in favour of holding on to the single currency.

Less than one in three people said they would like to see Germany go it alone. The remaining 21 percent were undecided.

The study asked 1,000 respondents aged 16 and over.

But Germany’s confidence in the eurozone may still be shaken. On Saturday leading economists called for a devaluation of the euro against the dollar in a bid to help crisis-stricken eurozone nations.

“I imagine that the euro must continue to lose value,” economist and Oxford lecturer Clemens Fuest told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

According to Paul De Grauwe, professor of international economics at the Leuven university in the Netherlands, reforms alone cannot make debt-ridden countries competitive again.

“The Germans need to change their position,” said De Grauwe. “Their desire for an expensive currency is purely emotional and has little to do with rational analysis.”

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.


Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”