Germany in the Eyes of the World

‘Germany has to do some big politics. And if you do big politics, the world changes, even if it’s only by small steps.’ 
Interviewee from DR Congo 2015

‘Germany always takes a really thorough and strategic approach to things. The very fact that it’s conducting a qualitative survey shows that it’s looking ahead.’ 
Interviewee from Romania 2015 

Whether it’s the refugee crisis or climate change, anti-terrorism or sustainable energy – in our globalised world with its political, economic, environmental and social interdependencies, today’s major challenges can no longer be managed at the national level. Countries keen to play an active role in sustainable international development while asserting their own domestic interests therefore need to build positive, deep and diverse external relations. And that is done best if we are aware of the world’s hopes and expectations of us.

  • What do other countries see when they look at Germany?     
  • Given the current international situation, what are other countries’ expectations of Germany – and what are their concerns?  

GIZ is keen to find out, so since 2011 it has been conducting interviews at regular intervals with people from many different walks of life: politics, business, academia and civil society. These independent interviewees – who have included a Ukrainian ex-professional boxer, a Turkish holder of the German Order of Merit, a Vietnamese DJ, Mongolian investors and a peace broker in Colombia – are asked to share their personal impressions and views about Germany.  

In 2017, the study enters its third phase with interviews with around 175 people in 25 countries on five continents. As with the previous studies, the findings are intended to provide valuable information and ideas for policy-makers in Germany and beyond. For GIZ, it’s a new element in its portfolio of international cooperation for sustainable development.  

The results will be published on this page from December 2017. If you would like to receive an alert when the study is published, please send us an email to the contact on the right  

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Would you like to know what we have learned so far? The results of the 2011/2012 and 2014/2015 studies are available here – in brief and in more detail.