Hessians for Independence

by Andrew Stuttaford

Well, sort of…

Via Bloomberg News:

Almost six out of ten Germans reject ceding budgetary sovereignty to European Union institutions and almost three quarters don’t want the EU to transform into a U.S.-style United States of Europe, Stern magazine said, citing a poll it commissioned.

A directly elected EU president was rejected by 63 percent of Germans while 59 percent said the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, should keep its budgetary rights and 74 percent said the EU shouldn’t become a federal state, Stern said in an e-mailed statement.

Seventy-three percent of Germans reject joint euro-region government bond sales and 69 percent said more transfers of power to European institutions require prior referendums, Stern said.

But will the country’s political class pay any attention?

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