Most Germans say Erdoğan has negative influence on world security - opinion poll

The majority of Germans say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a negative influence on world security and stability, Germany’s Der Tagesspiegel cited research by the Institute for New Social Answers (INSA).

Some 75 percent of Germans said Erdoğan had a negative influence on world security and stability, Der Tagesspiegel said. 

And, the Turkish president was followed by North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un with 73 percent and Russian President Vladimir Putin with 63 percent, according to the survey.

According to an earlier opinion poll by YouGov, 58 percent of Germans want Turkey to be ejected from NATO due to its military offensive in northeast Syria.

Ankara launched the military operation on Oct. 9 to clear the Kurdish-led forces from areas south of its border where Erdoğan wishes to create a safe zone to resettle Syrian refugees.

Turkey's operation received a wave of international criticism, including from the Arab League, European Union and NATO. Several European countries have halted arms exports to Turkey over the operation.

Meanwhile, Turkey has been at loggerheads with its western allies over several issues, such as Ankara's purchase of Russian air missile systems and drilling efforts in the eastern Mediterranean.

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