(Greece) – According to a recent study by the Pews Research Institute, Greeks are more concerned about domestic issues than nine other countries in Europe. Other countries who were surveyed include German, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, and the UK. The results of this study show that Greece is concerned about its own internal issues than it is about global engagement. Although the study doesn’t necessarily specify why Greeks feel this way, it is assumed that the current financial crisis and other issues in the country, such as the refugee crisis, are at the forefront of peoples’ minds.
In an article publishing the study findings, Pew Research has said, “More than eight-in-ten Greeks (83%) say their country should deal with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can. And 74% of Greeks say that in foreign policy, their country should follow its own national interests, even when its allies strongly disagree.” They went on to say that Greece is the only country in the European Union where people believe that global engagement is negative because it drives wages down and can also remove jobs from the economy.
When asked what Greece’s primary international threats are, the financial crisis and recession are a large priority. Although most of the rest of the European countries surveyed said that they found ISIS to be a primary threat, but 95% of all Greeks surveyed said that economic instability is their primary global threat. Greece has been in a recession since before their first bailout, which occurred in 2010. Over the past week, they received their first payment for their third bailout since that time. Greece needs these funds to make loan payments to the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are coming due soon. In order to receive these payments, Greece has had to implement several austerity measures, such as tax increases and pension cuts.