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A survey paints an interesting, because extremely ambivalent, picture of the American self-image and the position of the rest of the world, in whose eyes the policies of the U.S. government are partly responsible for the terrorist attacks

Yes to the fight against terrorism, but criticism of the superpower usa

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre and The International Herald Tribune, an interesting, if unsurprising, difference emerged between the self-perception of U.S. burgers and the attitudes of non-Americans. While just 18 percent of U.S. citizens believe that many people blame U.S. policy for the terrorist attacks of 11 September, this figure is still high.9. While most (26%) and many (32%) of the others believe that the U.S. is responsible in a decisive way, 58 percent of all others believe that this is true for most (26%) and many people (32%). In Western Europe, the closest allies of the U.S., 36 percent are already of this opinion, in Eastern Europe/Russia as many as 71 percent, in Latin America and Asia around 60 percent and in the Islamic states 76 percent. So the rhetorical formula of attacking civilization that Bush pragmatized does not make sense to most non-Americans.

The survey was conducted from 12. November to December 13, primarily after the capture of Kabul and the foreseeable defeat of the Taliban. A total of 275 interviews were conducted "influential people" from politics, the media, business, and culture. 40 interviews were conducted with U.S. burgers, 10 each with people from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and the crisis area in the Middle East (agypten, Pakistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan). On this basis, the results are of course not representative of world opinion or even of the positions prevalent in the regions, but it does give a picture of the mood that seems to be somewhat realistic. The interview is the first of the "The Pew Global Attitudes Project", which, over the next two years, will conduct surveys to determine the impact of globalization and technological and cultural change in 25 countries. The project is headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.


Italy: exclusion of a rough coalition – with a backdoor

Italy: exclusion of a rough coalition - with an ulterior motive

Paolo Gentiloni and Matteo Renzi. Photo: Governo Italiano. License: CC BY 3.0

The social-democratic Prime Minister Gentiloni brings into play a disintegration of the Forza Lega Fratelli alliance after the election

On 4. March in Italy will be elected a new parliament. The new electoral system used for this purpose provides for 39 percent of the lower house seats to be allocated according to the majority voting system and 61 percent according to the proportional voting system. For the Senate the distribution is similar. Here, however, there are additional seats for older political veterans, which they (similar to the Lords in the British House of Lords) can get without an election.