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European Union
That’s Close Enough, Thanks

The EU’s “ever closer union” goal isn’t very popular these days. A new Opinium poll asked Europeans from various countries to choose a statement that best described their view of the EU. Here’s a summary of a key finding, via Open Europe:

Only 14% of Brits, 17% of Dutch and 24% of French believe that EU countries “should continue to progress towards ever closer union” and transfer more powers to Brussels – compared to 56% of Spaniards, 54% of Portuguese and 47% of Italians. The poll also shows that 35% of overall respondents think the EU has been handling the UK’s EU referendum “badly”, with only 15% saying the issue has been handled well.

These results underline a dynamic that has been slowly emerging as Brussels has fudged its way through successive crises: The leading powers increasingly seem to regret their tight coupling with Mediterranean countries they see as profligate and irresponsible, while citizens of the southern countries appear to have a weak appetite for breaking away. For a closer look at these dynamics and the resultant political quagmire, see Michael Mandelbaum’s article in our current issue, aptly titled “Euromess.”

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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I have been saying all along that the EU and the Euro are going to disintegrate, just like the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact did 25 years ago, and for the same reasons.

  • Fat_Man

    ” citizens of the southern countries appear to have a weak appetite for breaking away”

    Should be citizens of the southern countries appear to have a strong appetite for Germany’s money.

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