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Germans view US ally as greatest threat to world peace: survey

Berlin, March 29, IRNA - Germans regard their political ally America as the greatest threat to global peace, the weekly Stern news magazine cited Wednesday an opinion poll released by the Berlin-based Forsa Institute.

Some 48 percent of Germans say America is the greatest danger to world peace.

It's especially younger Germans who are skeptical of the US as some 57 percent of Germans - aged between 17 and 29 - see America as a global threat to peace.

Around 1,000 people were questioned during the two-day survey.

Anti-American sentiment gained momentum in Germany ahead of the illegal US invasion of Iraq in spring 2003.

In other related news, some 72 percent of Germans reject the deployment of US anti-missile bases in Europe which Washington alleges is aimed at intercepting incoming ballistic missiles from so-called 'roguestates'.

German politicians warned of a growing division among European countries over the planned US anti-missile sites in Poland and the Czech Republic.

German leaders have repeatedly criticized the Polish and Czech decision to engage in bilateral talks with the US over its missile program.

Chancellor Angela Merkel made clear that NATO was the proper forum to discuss the stationing of the anti-US missile batteries and radar track system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

She also called for further talks with Russia on the issue which regards the US missiles in Poland as a direct national security threat.

Warsaw and Prague view the American missile deployment as a national matter and not a European Union issue.

The chairman of the co-ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the German parliament, Peter Struck earlier lashed out at the Polish and Czech stance on the US missile issue.

"This is not about one NATO member telling the rest of NATO what to do," the senior leftist lawmaker said.

... Payvand News - 3/29/07 ... --

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