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EU voters resistant to further Afghan deployments: poll

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by Staff Writers
London (AFP) Jan 20, 2009
Any attempt by Barack Obama to get European Union members to contribute more troops to the fight in Afghanistan is likely to face popular opposition, a new poll published Tuesday suggests.

Ahead of Obama's inauguration as the United States' first African-American president, the Financial Times published a poll suggesting the majority of people in Britain, Germany, France and Italy oppose deploying further troops.

About 60 percent of the respondents in Germany said they would not wish their government to send more troops under any circumstances.

In Britain, the second largest contributor to NATO's mission in Afghanistan, 57 percent said they did not want to send any more troops.

In both France and Italy, 53 percent of people rejected sending more, leaving Spain the only country surveyed in the Harris poll where a majority was willing to consider further deployments.

The online poll of 6,299 adults was carried out across the five countries between January 8 and January 15.

It also revealed EU voters believe the economic crisis should be Obama's priority, with fighting international terrorism relatively low down the list.

Obama has vowed to redeploy the military from Iraq and increase the pressure on a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan.

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