A month before the European elections, the German top candidates are still largely unknown.

In a survey conducted by the opinion research Institute YouGov on behalf of the German press Agency, 45 percent stated that they do not know any of the nine top candidates of the parties represented in the Bundestag. With 39 percent of the SPD fielded Minister of justice, Catherine Barley the highest level of awareness, just before the AfD party Chairman Jörg Meuthen with 35 percent.

strangest or most surprising ku result: The Union leading candidate, Manfred Weber (CSU), the President of the EU Commission wants to be, knows only every Fourth (26 percent). To the same value FDP General Secretary Nicola Beer. Far behind the top candidates of the Greens Ska Keller (7 percent) and Sven Giegold (6 percent), as well as the Left, Özlem Alev Demirel (15 percent) and Martin Schirdewan (4 percent).

The last place on the reputation scale, Schirdewan shares with Udo Bullmann, the second top candidate of the SPD, the comes only to 4 per cent. Even the SPD-trailers only every Twentieth (5 percent) is familiar with the state’s politicians, the Parliament has been sitting for 20 years in Europe. Only one of the nine top candidates, at least to the voters of his own party on an awareness level of more than 50 percent: Jörg Meuthen of the AfD with 54 percent.

In Germany, the members of the European Parliament on 26. May chosen. The importance of the choice is considered to be the YouGov survey, less than that of the Bundestag, Landtag and municipal elections. 23% considered it the least important of the four rounds of elections. Behind it is the local elections (by 15 percent), the state election (8 percent) and the Federal election (3 percent). Every Second said that he thought none of the options for the least important.

38 percent want to align their choice of the most to European politics, only 27 of the German internal policy. As by far the most important topic mentioned by the respondents, climate protection and environmental policy (55 percent), just ahead of the refugee policy (54 percent). Behind right-wing populism (28), financial policy (26), Brexit (17), defense policy (15), and regulation of the Internet (12).

dpa

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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