Transatlantic relations are changing and each side views them differently. Just over half of Germans surveyed (52%) described the country's relationship with the United States as "pretty bad," while Americans had a more positive outlook, with 59% describing it as "pretty good."
Heading the wrong way
International challenges, like the flow of migrants, terror attacks and Brexit negotiations have all played a role in the country's outlook when it comes to the European Union: 59% of Germans think the EU is on the wrong track this year.
Just say no
Germany's response to immigration became a prominent foreign policy issue when the country took a leading role in Europe's refugee crisis. Today 56% of Germans are in favor of capping the number of refugees the country accepts annually.
Ongoing conflicts in Europe and in other parts of the world are points of discussion in German politics, but 52% of respondents prefer restraint when it comes to the country's responsibility to mediate, or to play an active role. The most important foreign policy issues were refugees followed by Germany's relationship with the US. This year, for the first time, North Korea was considered a German foreign policy issue.
A secure union
Respondents' support for European military cooperation remained high with 58% saying a united EU army was an idea worth pursuing.
No need to buy more guns
Just over half of those surveyed (51%) think the country's defense budget should stay the same. Of the respondents who voted for the far-right Alternative for Germany party, 48% wanted to see more defense spending. And perhaps unsurprisingly, 45% of US participants in the survey also thought Germany should increase defense spending.