Do you feel more of an affiliation to the Anglosphere or to Europe? Watch
Increasingly, with our departure from the EU, it seems that British people care far less about our neighbours in Europe than they care about us. We seem to prefer tighter ties with the US, for example one of the major sticking points of Breixteers was that we'd be able to trade more with the US to make up for the trade we'd lose from leaving the EU.
So do you feel more culturally, politically, socially, economically similar to the rest of Europe or to the Anglosphere (America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)? Personally I feel closer to the latter, being of non-European descent and with my ancestors formerly from a Commonwealth country, and our politics and society being more similar to the Anglosphere than to Europe.
Angolsphere but only Australia and NZ because I have family there. America's a different planet as far as I'm concerned. Canada is basically America's boyfriend and they aren't similar to us in culture and way of life (more sparsely populated, big houses, car usage, quite individualistic). I'd say Australia and NZ are the only country we can truly count on to support us and never betray us. The US has been shifty ever since Obama said we'd be in the back of the queue and with Trump it's even worse.
Of course, we are much closer to France and Germany geographically than we are our old colonies, but how often do we interact with that "closeness"? When we go on holiday to Spain once a year? It is not a pervasive interaction. Politically: people are disenfranchised and disinterested in the European Parliament and the EU project. Plus, we share a common constitution with Canada, Australia and New Zealand (and to an extent America), and also share the common law system. These shared values make us culturally closer. Socially we quite similar to those three too, except our lack of sensitivity to indigenous populations.
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I think I have more of an affiliation to Europe than the Anglosphere, mainly because of how many Europeans live here and how many Brits live and travel to Europe, plus the EU is more important to us economically than the US. Our society is also more liberal and similar to Europe in that regard compared to the US (apart from the Northeast and California). I feel like America's quite different from us in terms of their way of life and their politics. America, being a superpower, has a lot of countries that want to be its ally so it's almost like we think they're our best friend and we have something special whereas they're actually cheating on us with Canada and all the other western countries. Australia is an exception and I feel they are basically Europe in terms of closeness. Canada is part Francosphere and New Zealand is pretty much irrelevant.
Definitely more European. The US is pretty much a different world from the UK once you leave the Northeast corridor. The south is very conservative, the Midwest is sparsely populated and quite isolated from the rest of the world, the southwest is more influenced by Hispanic culture and the northwest is quite Asian/Pacific-influenced.
The average brit has far more in common with people from canada,australia, new zealand than with people from germany, poland or italy
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More European. They're more similar to us in culture, way of life, politics, religion than the Us and Canada. Australia maybe is more similar, especially now that they're in eurovision
How can Germany, France and Italy be more similar to the UK than old and current UK Commonwealth nations like Canada and Australia or even the US?
First of all, English is the binding factor of these nations and historical ties are deeper with those countries than our European neighbours.
Two, those countries, except the US that left, still have the Queen has their Head of State, which further proves deeper ties.
The idea that Germany is similar to UK than the Australians is a wild claim, imho.
I also dislike the obesogenic culture that dominates Anglosphere.
I might not have much in common with European culture but I strongly admire and support European values. The Anglosphere is dominated by the United States, which has some pretty *****y values.
I find it strange how so many people say Europe when they speak completely different language and as a result seem totally foreign to me. While Canada, Australia and America seem very foreign as well (especially America, where it seems people are much louder...), they share our language and their culture has mingled with ours - especially their cinema. When I watch European films, it's like a different planet.
I think the thing that sums up the difference between the UK and the US is a story of allied prisoners being returned after the 1st Gulf war. They were on a military transport plane. As soon as it flew over Syria (a then Allie) two US jets flanked it. The US prisoners started chanting U S A whilst the jet fighters gave a salute. Shortly afterwards, the US jets were replaced by UK fighters. The British POWs ran to the window where they saw the jet pilots make the w**k** sign. We don't share the same sense of humour as the US.