Playing by different rules

Many things distinguish Britain from continental Europe: the pound, the slow progress towards metric measures (fuel is bought in litres but drivers still discuss miles per gallon), driving on the left.

Britain views Europe with suspicion – and the feeling has often been reciprocated (de Gaulle famously said ‘non’ to British membership of the then European Economic Community). The Economist examines Britain’s problematic place in Europe.

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Europe viewed favourably in global reputation survey

Global views of the United States have improved markedly over the last year, but it’s Europe led by Germany that emerges well from an annual country reputation poll for BBC World Service.

The survey was conducted by GlobeScan and Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. The survey sample was more than 29,000 adults.

You can read the news release here.