REVEALED: The most eurosceptic country in the EU (and it isn’t Britain!)

Posted on Dec 20 2017 - 9:15am by admin

A new report, compiled by the European Commission, has shed light on how EU citizens feel about the bloc, with a few surprising outcomes.

According to European Commission data, Greece is the most eurosceptic member state with 41 per cent of those surveyed revealing a negative opinion of the European Union.

Greece has endured a difficult relationship with the EU for many years but the financial crisis that followed the 2007-08 global crash saw ties between Athens and Brussels plummet.

The country required bailout loans but was still forced to adopt a series of austerity measures, which prompted widespread protests as a series of spending cuts and reforms did nothing to improve relations between the EU and Greek officials.

The Czech Republic is the second-most eurosceptic country according to the data, with the country’s growing dislike of the EU evident in the election of Andrej Babis, a billionaire former entrepreneur who has indicated he has no plans more further European integration.

EU data shows 39 per cent of the Czechs surveyed had a negative view of the EU, compared to 58 per cent who saw the bloc in a positive light.

Britain was the third most anti-European member state, with a third of Britons polled revealing negative views about the bloc.

Meanwhile, Lithuania topped the list of the most pro-EU countries with 91 per cent of respondents holding the bloc in a positive light.

The tiny Baltic country is home to just 2.8 million people but it is a full member of the eurozone and the Schengen Agreement and boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the bloc.

Denmark, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are the next most pro-EU countries, according the the European Commission report.

Overall the majority of respondents (75 per cent) have a positive view of the EU, with 19 per cent saying their view is very positive. One in five (20 per cent) have a negative view, with just five per cent saying it is very negative.

The data also reveals that younger respondents were more likely to have a positive view of the bloc than their elders.

People aged 15-39 were the most likely to have a positive view of the EU (79 per cent), particularly compared to those aged 55 and over (70 per cent).

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