Skip to comments.France Now More Euroskeptic Than Britain
Posted on 05/22/2013 2:21:22 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
The Pew Research Centers latest survey on Europeans attitudes toward EU politics and economics brings across one message loud and clear: Europeans are not happy. People from every major country report extreme dissatisfaction with the economy and their political leaders. Increasingly, they also share a sense that the European Union and economic integration were mistakes for their countries: only 45 percent now view the EU favorably, down from 60 percent in 2012.
The one notable exception is Germany, whose people remain the most optimistic about the European project. Despite Germans hand-wringing about their spendthrift neighbors, they gave the EU a 60 percent approval rating, with 54 percent believing that economic integration has strengthened their economy. This may have something to do with the fact that Germans think the EU offers the best chance for controlling reckless spending by their neighbors; Germany is the only country where support for giving Brussels more power is over 50 percent.
Perhaps the most shocking result of this poll is just how quickly things have changed in France. In 2012, 60 percent of French people supported the EU; a year later, that number has dropped to 41 percent, and support for further economic integration has fallen to 22 percent, making the French even more euroskeptic than the British. The French are also deeply depressed about the performance of their domestic leaders (Hollandes marks are truly dismal), but the EU is clearly sharing in the blame.
The Franco-German axis has been the centerpiece of the European project since its beginnings in the aftermath of World War II. This was still true as little as two years ago, in the midst of the euro crisis. Now French attitudes on Europe are much closer to those of Spain and Italy than to those of Germany.
The euro and the European project were meant to bring these countries together. Now it is driving them apart.
I actually have a feeling that Marine Le Pen will be the next president of France. Whether that is good or bad in the long run, you decide.
Now that Germany is trying to make France eat their vegetables, they aren’t so happy about the EU.
A united Europe as one country with one government is a dumb idea, just as the Euro.
Da Chermens take da continent, ja.
the EU has failed, the immigration has failed , the social unrest, the couldn’t care less about people being dead in the street, a man holding a meat cleaver with blood and the people stand there.
Sweden land of Vikings have muslims rioting
It’s failed and still millions do not get it
Germany should be happy. Germany has been trying for hegemony in Europe for a century and a half. They spilled a lot of blood in the first three attempts and tore up a lot of stuff. Then they had it handed to them. Yes, the European projects is very satisfying to Germany, I think.
It would certainly be interesting.
Curiously, the Germans were equally if not even more optimistic vs. their neighbors about the European unification project they were pursuing in late 1940.
Thanks JerseyanExile. Time for the old joke in some form, in honor of the European Union:
Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian and it’s all organised by the Swiss.
Hell is where the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lover’s Swiss, the police German and it’s all organised by the Italians.
Hell is where the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, the police German and its all organised by the Italians.
LOL - that joke just keeps getting better and better.