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Euro Crisis Calms, Euroskepticism Keeps Growing


The Euro crisis no longer seems quite as desperate as it did this time last year, but the relative calm hasn’t convinced Europeans that all will be well. A new poll from the French paper La Croix found that more than half of respondents in a number of Europe’s largest countries believe that their countries could be headed for disaster. As Die Welt reports, when asked whether they could picture their country in a similar situation to Greece, 54 percent of French, 56 percent of Spanish, and 58 percent of Italians said yes. Two-thirds said they believe Europe is still in the middle of the crisis.

The crisis has also had a major impact on their view of the EU. In hard-hit countries like France and Italy, responders are nearly as likely to say that their country’s EU membership is a bad thing as to say the opposite. In Italy and France, more than 40 percent are dissatisfied with the EU, and Spain is close behind at 37 percent. Even in Germany, where respondents were considerably more optimistic about the state of the economy, 44 percent believe that their EU membership is a net negative. All of these numbers are much higher than when the poll was taken last year.

Thus far, Europe has managed to muddle through this crisis, evading the absolute meltdown that some predicted. But that doesn’t mean that things are going well, and it’s an open question how much longer voters will be willing to put up with dithering and incompetent leadership at the European level. Unless things change soon, the unpopular, fragile union could be in serious danger.

[Euro image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I have been saying all along that the EU is going to fly apart, just like the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact did over 20 years ago. It will be like a super slow motion train wreck, taking years to develop and years of dissolution.

  • Ulysses4033

    That which cannot go on forever, won’t.

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