Saturday, April 2, 2011

Boston or Birmingham?

A fascinating new Eurobarometer report answers the key Irish political question: 'Boston or Berlin'? Or perhaps I should say it rephrases it: 'Boston or Birmingham'? The table below is from a report on European identity - called 'New Europeans' - which asks among other things which other countries people in Europe identify with, other than their own. Only 4% of Irish people 'feel most attached' to Germany (and only 6% feel attached to Germany in the EU as a whole), but one in four Irish people feel most attached to the UK (47% in the case of the Maltese - it must be an ex-colony thing I guess).

But the big stand out number is the percentage feeling most attached to the United States: that's 17% of all Irish people versus 10% in the UK and only 5% in the EU as a whole. Of course emotional attachment and financial attachment are two different things...

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