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Almost 60% of Germans Think the EU Should Stay Out Of the Ukraine Crisis

90% are against sending weapons

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Here's more data on Germany's growing disaffection with Merkel's and the EU's Ukraine policy.  It's going to grow.

MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti) - More than half of Germany's population thinks that the European Union should not be involved in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, according to an ICM poll commissioned by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

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The poll's results show that 58 percent of those polled think that the European Union should not participate in the settlement of the situation in Ukraine, with only 36 percent thinking otherwise.

The majority of people in Germany, 78 percent, are aware of the crisis in Ukraine. People aged 65 and older are most knowledgeable of the crisis, with 88 percent of them aware of the situation. People between 25 and 34 years old are the least aware, with only 61 percent knowing about the situation. Almost a quarter of the German population, or 22 percent, do not know about the crisis.

More men responded to have heard about the crisis in the media than women, at 84 and 72 percent respectively.

It is mainly the population between the age of 55 and 64 that oppose the idea of the European Union's involvement in the situation, with 69 percent speaking out against it. The primary supporters of the bloc's participation in resolving the Ukrainian crisis are people between the age of 25 and 34, with 55 percent of them saying Europe should take action.

The delivery of aid found the support of 86 percent of Germans, with 47 percent approving of the humanitarian mission to Ukraine.

Less than half of respondents, or 41 percent, think it necessary to provide financialsupport to Ukrainian authorities, and 10 percent believe weapons should be delivered as well.

In general, 67 percent of Germans think that EU member states should act jointly, if they decide to become involved. Only 24 percent of the survey participants said member states should decide on their own whether they wanted to take part in joint efforts.

ICM polled 3,006 randomly selected people from September 17 to 28 in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Ukraine has been engulfed in a violent internal conflict since mid-April, when Kiev began a military operation against independence supporters in the southeastern regions of the country. According to the latest UN estimates, more than 3,600 people have died in the conflict.


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