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Is the article from Der Spiegel indicative of broader, more nuanced sentiments about the Ukrainian fiasco among the German population? Are there any polling data to show what is the range and nature of public opinion?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Mar 16th, 2014 at 11:08:15 PM EST
I quoted results of one poll (on sanctions) here. As for indication of popular sentiments, I don't think so: first, in Germany, it's just the media that is most stringently pro-confrontation and even criticises Merkel along the same lines the Anglo-Saxon media does ("selling out for economic interests"); second, we are speaking about a foreign correspondent here, a reporter who was hit be reality on the head.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 17th, 2014 at 04:07:51 AM EST
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Spiegel is not public opinion, it's published opinion. Like all other media, it attempts to steers public opinion in the desired direction.War is bad for business, unless you're in the business of war.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 17th, 2014 at 06:33:08 AM EST
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Like all other media, it attempts to steers public opinion in the desired direction.

That was the assumption beneath my question, along with the question "Whose desires?" After all I am immersed in US print and broadcast media where I have found few glimpses of sanity on this issue but where the polling shows little support for US intervention. MfM made an excellent point about the opportunity the fossil fuel sector sees to dramatically increase the profits from their shale gas, but that doesn't really account for the immediate reaction of almost all US print and broadcast media, which I attribute to an instinctive reaction to wounded pride due to the inherent insult Putin's move gave to the attitude of US triumphalism and exceptionalism.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Mar 17th, 2014 at 11:24:42 AM EST
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