Around seven weeks before the European elections, the European citizens are facing, according to a study in its attitude to the EU into two Camps.

In Europe there is a divide between those who see the state of the society and their own economic situation with confidence and those who view it with concern, according to a representative survey by the Bertelsmann Foundation. And these different settings may have a direct impact on the elections to the European Parliament in may, as the authors of the “Eupinions”-write examination.

Because of the Confident and Insecure had significantly different opinions about the EU policy and also the different party political preferences. Specifically, this means: Insecure citizens expressed tends to be more sympathy for right-wing populist or extreme-right parties like the Rassemblement National in France, AfD in Germany or the Lega Nord in Italy. You were rather unsatisfied with the decisions at the EU level, criticized the EU’s functioning and said that Brussels and Strasbourg citizens ‘ concerns neglected.

The confident Set tend, however, according to the survey, under well-11.700 citizens tend to parties of the centre and to pro-European parties. They make the EU a more positive testimony and are informed about the policy on Europe is also better.

The German stand on some of the points: So EU-wide, with 51 percent Worried about the state of the company, 35 percent to the country’s economic Situation. In Germany, the “only” 38 per cent with a view to the company and 27 per cent are in terms of their own economic situation. Among the large EU countries, the German belonged to the optimists, the “be still relatively unaffected by the crisis of globalization or populist currents” foothills, stressed co-author Isabell Hoffmann.

And what do you expect from the EU policy? Up on the AfD-trailer, every Fifth (21 per cent), in Germany the use of climate change as a major challenge for the EU. Then follow the “securing peace” and “terrorism” as the Central tasks of EU policy. And in this country, the citizens know relatively well-informed about the top candidates, as well as the work and function of the EU, explained Hoffmann.

For the study, were interviewed in December 2018 to around 11,700 EU citizens. Even for the largest member States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands the survey is reported to be representative. A Common feature of the stock connect, but: In both, about two-thirds of the citizens want to submit in may of their voice.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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