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Study Presentation in Berlin and Brussels: "Israel and Europe: How do we perceive each other?"

The EU and Israel share the same values of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. Both have strengthened their political and economic cooperation under the EU-Israel Association Agreement and the European Neighborhood Policy. Yet, are these positive developments on the official level reflected in the peoples’ attitudes towards one another?


In a new study, “Israelis’ Attitudes Towards the EU and Germany”, authored by Prof Dr. Gisela Dachs, and carried out in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the European Forum of the Hebrew University Jerusalem, extensive answers are given to this question. Namely, it sheds light on the attitudes of Israelis towards Europe and vice versa.

The study was presented at events in Berlin and in Brussels. 

According to the research conducted, the affinity for Europe in general, and Germany in particular, tends to vary within ethnic segments (Jewish or Arab). Within the Jewish segment, it seems dependent on the level of religiousness of the individual. As Jewish religiousness increases, the attitude toward Europe (and Germany in particular) seems to be more negative.

In Germany, the fault-lines depend upon age group, gender,  origin (eastern or western parts of the country) and if the respondent had a personal history of migration.

A summary of the study result can be found here:´

Information in German:

We, at the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Jerusalem are working on improving Israeli and German relations in various projects and events.

(Pictures by Henning Schacht)