Support for EU down in Spain, Greece and Cyprus, Gallup says

09 January, 13:19

    (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, JANUARY 9 - Support for the European Union leadership has dropped sharply in countries with struggling economies, Greek media reports quoting a Gallup Poll released Wednesday. In Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, support remains relatively high, with more than 50% of respondents approving EU leadership, Gallup said. Germany is currently the strongest country in the EU, while Belgium and Luxembourg are home to many EU institutions. Support dropped precipitously in Cyprus, Greece and Spain, all countries that have had to adopt austerity measures in return for EU bailouts. In Spain, where 59% of respondents in 2008 backed the EU, support was down to 27% in 2013. In Greece and Cyprus, support dropped from 32% and 39% in 2010 to 19% and 21% in 2013. Generally, young people between the ages of 15 and 24 have been most supportive of the EU. But Gallup said high unemployment among the young in some European countries has made them less enthusiastic. (ANSAmed).

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