It's official. But is it true? Germans believe Britain is Europe's leading state By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 03/12/2003) Britain has come top of a poll among Germans who were asked to name Europe's most powerful nation. Results of the opinion poll - in which 1,500 Germans were asked: "Which country is the leading power in Europe?" - showed that 27 per cent thought Britain was "indisputably" number one. France was regarded as the most powerful by 26 per cent, and Germany by 21 per cent. In a similar survey a decade ago, 57 per cent considered Germany the top power, with Britain seen as such by only eight per cent. The new study showed that 42 per cent of those surveyed felt that Germany's influence in Europe had decreased. Christian Jung, of the Berlin-based Federal Association of German Banks which commissioned the poll, said the results showed a growing discontent with Germany's economic problems and a perception of increasing self-confidence in Britain. "They reflect the loss of self-confidence caused by the economic stagnation of the past few years," he said. "Due to the Iraq conflict, Britain has been perceived increasingly as an international player."