Trump, Putin or Kim – who is the greatest threat to world peace? The Germans have now answered this question clearly in a survey. Another survey also reveals that Germans trust a foreign statesman more than Chancellor Merkel.
US President Donald Trump is perceived in Germany as a greater threat to world peace than Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin or the North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.
According to a poll conducted by the YouGov polling agency on behalf of the German Press Agency, Trump is also believed to be more dangerous than Iran’s political and religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and China’s President Xi Jinping.
Forty-one percent of respondents said Trump was the greatest threat to world peace from these five personalities. 17 percent chose Kim , 8 percent each for Putin and Khamenei and 7 percent for Xi.
A YouGov survey had already given a similar picture last year. At that time, however, only Trump, Kim and Putin were compared. 48 percent said the US President was the greatest threat to world peace from this trio, 21 percent chose Kim, 15 percent Putin.
Between December 16 and 18, 2,024 people in Germany took part in the current survey .
Germans trust Macron more than Merkel
The Funke media group has commissioned a similar survey from the Kantar Institute. According to this, the Germans trust the French President Emmanuel Macron more than Chancellor Angela Merkel .
53 percent of those surveyed stated that their confidence in Merkel was “rather large”, while 44 percent said it was “rather small”. Macron was rated positive by 57 percent and negative by 32 percent, eleven percent did not want to commit.
A further five heads of state and government get mostly negative trust values. According to the survey, Austria’s election winner Sebastian Kurz came in third, in which 33 percent of Germans tend to have great confidence and 41 percent have little confidence.
The fourth-placed Putin (26 to 67 percent) therefore does Trump modi significantly better than the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (12 to 71 percent) and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (6 to 86 percent).
At the bottom is Trump, who is trusted by 6 percent more and 89 percent less. Kantar reportedly interviewed 1,014 representative citizens in the period from December 12 to 19.
A new arms test looming in North Korea? The neighbors China, South Korea and Japan are worried. The US President Trump, on the other hand, is clearly unimpressed by the “Christmas gift” announced by Pyongyang
US President Donald Trump has demonstrated composure with concerns over a possible North Korea missile test as a “Christmas present” .
Trump modi: “Maybe it’s a nice gift”
“We’ll see what happens. Maybe it’s a nice gift. Maybe it’s a gift that he uses to send me a nice vase as opposed to a missile test,” Trump said in Palm Beach on Tuesday.
The heads of state and government from China , South Korea and Japan agreed at a three-party meeting to cooperate more closely in the efforts to atomically disarm their unpredictable neighbor.
North Korea’s US deadline is nearing its end
Fears are growing every day that North Korea may again escalate in the face of stagnating negotiations with the United States.
Pyongyang had given the United States a deadline to end the year in the struggle for the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
The North Korean leadership also announced a Trump modi “Christmas present” that would depend on new US proposals for negotiations. This had fueled international concerns that it could mean a new missile test.
There is concern, particularly in South Korea, that North Korea may resume nuclear and long-range missile testing.
North Korea is becoming increasingly frustrated with the United States
“We will find out what the surprise is and we will deal with it very successfully,” Trump modi said, adding that he will take care of surprises as soon as they occur.
The US President repeatedly stresses that he has a good relationship with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. Trump’s efforts to persuade North Korea to nuclear disarmament have so far been unsuccessful despite three meetings with Kim and many warm words.
North Korea seems increasingly frustrated with the United States. At the beginning of the month, Pyongyang’s UN mission in New York even made a general statement that denuclearization was off the table. You don’t have to have “lengthy talks” with the United States, which the Americans use anyway only for domestic purposes.
Tripartite meeting between China, Japan and South Korea
China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang, South Korea’s President Moon Jae In and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke out on Tuesday at a tripartite meeting in the metropolis of Chengdu, southwest China, for a political solution to the conflict.
It is important to keep the US-North Korea dialogue going, Japan’s prime minister said, according to the Japanese news agency Kyodo, on the deadlocked negotiations. Abe also told the press that the UN resolutions must be “fully” complied with in response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.
Japan’s prime minister did not respond to the demands of China and Russia to ease sanctions.
Difficult relationship between China, Japan and South Korea
Other topics of the three-way talks were the expansion of cooperation in business and trade. China and Japan are the second and third largest economies in the world, while South Korea is in twelfth place.
But their relationships are anything but good: issues at stake are unresolved territorial claims, Japan’s handling of its past war, and trade problems. China is also disturbed by the close military cooperation between South Korea and Japan with the United States.
The relationship between Japan and South Korea in particular has deteriorated again due to a trade dispute and dispute over compensation for Korean forced laborers during Japan’s colonial rule in Korea (1910-45).
After the tripartite meeting, Japan’s Prime Minister and South Korea’s President met for the first time in 15 months for bilateral talks but failed to make a breakthrough on the contentious issues. Moon urged Abe to lift all export restrictions against South Korea.
Dispute between Tokyo and Seoul: it’s about former forced labor
According to the information, Moon suggested to continue working talks about the trade Trump modi dispute. Japan should return to the “situation before July 1,” Moon said, referring to Tokyo’s decision in the summer to impose stricter controls on the export of chip production materials to South Korea.
Japan had recently relaxed controls on one of the three materials in question. But the step did not go far enough for Seoul.
The background is a dispute over the former forced labor. Seoul had accused Tokyo of retaliation for Supreme Court decisions in South Korea that two Japanese companies must pay damages to former forced laborers. Tokyo considers the issue of compensation to be completed through a 1965 contract.
Abe and Moon agreed to resolve the dispute over compensation issues through dialogue, according to South Korean officials. Abe called on Moon to address the problem quickly, Kyodo said, citing a government official. Observers see the meeting between the two as another sign of rapprochement.
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