Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

Rise of Greek nationalist ‘Golden Dawn’ party coincides with Greece’s economic crisis

The Greek government is preparing to try several lawmakers representing the Golden Dawn, a nationalist and anti-immigrant party that the government describes as “neo-Nazi.” The upcoming trial is related to the fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist rap musician on Sept. 18, by a Golden Dawn sympathizer. Golden Dawn,  a far right wing party whose motto […]

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy

Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition

The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]

Global Sep. 3, 2013

Global Opinion of Russia Mixed

As Russia prepares to host the G20 summit, negative opinions of the country are more common than positive ones, although views are mixed in many countries. Negative views of Russia are especially pronounced in the Middle East, Western Europe and Japan.

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Global Sep. 3, 2013

Map: Global Views of Russia

The global opinion of Russia is mixed, with negative views widespread in the Middle East and Europe. See which countries have a favorable or unfavorable view of Russia.

Fact Tank Aug. 30, 2013

UN approval before using military force lacks widespread global agreement

The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing approval of taking action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A 2011 Pew Research poll found publics in most countries surveyed did not support the principle of obtaining UN approval first.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2013

As U.S. considers Syrian strike, support for NATO has waned

While the U.S. and several of its allies in NATO review options for military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, such action is reportedly not likely to be under the umbrella of NATO. Support for NATO in member countries has waned.

Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels

New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Greeks, stung by recession, lukewarm on U.S. relations

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece visits the White House for the first time today, at a time when anti-U.S. feeling in his country is running high.

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2013

As France celebrates Bastille Day, a dark mood pervades

On July 14, 1789, a large mob descended upon the Bastille prison in Paris, overrunning the garrison and executing the jail’s defenders. This event, which came after years of escalating tensions between the nobility and commoners over issues such as debt, taxation, and enlightenment ideals, became a flashpoint for the French Revolution. Two-hundred and twenty-four […]