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28 Apr, 2013

Trust in European Union hits record low | Deutsche-Welle

Public confidence in the European Union has hit rock bottom, a recent survey reveals. Since the onset of the euro crisis, Europeans have lost faith in the bloc, even in pro-European countries, like Germany.

Jose Ignacio Torreblanca compares the growing skepticism sweeping across Europe to a virus from which no one is able to escape. The entire continent is infected, the Spanish political scientist says.

People’s faith in the EU significantly decreased between 2009 and 2012. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey carried out by the EU, Europe’s crisis-stricken countries in the South have been affected the most. Only 20 percent of Spanish citizens trust the EU, compared to 56 percent in 2009. Crisis-battered Italians turned into euro-skeptics as well – trust there fell from 52 percent to 31.

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