Europeans aren’t sure the EU is working for them. A new poll of 10,000 Europeans carried out by Dalia Research on behalf of our sister think tank, Friends of Europe, shows that 64% aren’t convinced life would be worse without the EU. For 49%, the EU may as well be completely irrelevant (they either think life would “stay the same” without the EU, or they just don’t know what the impact would be). However, the polling data also shows that young people are the EU’s biggest supporters. Among under-35s, over 40% think their life would be worse without the EU.
Europeans don’t want ‘less Europe’. Fully 90% of EU citizens feel that the EU should be more than just a single market, and 81% don’t want the EU to prioritise leaving more decision-making to national governments (which suggests that the majority of Europeans are comfortable with the idea of pooling national sovereignty).
Europeans want the EU to focus on policies they care about. Keeping peace, creating jobs and tackling climate change are the core actions the EU should prioritise according to a plurality of Europeans.
The results of the poll are being published as part of Friends of Europes’ annual flagship event, the high-level State of Europe roundtable in Brussels. Using data across a range of fields (including the views of citizens), our partner think tank has developed a series of scenarios, envisioning a European Union from a 2030-perspective. Some are gloomy and some are more positive, but all represent radically dissimilar futures and take into account internal and global trends and key drivers of change.
These scenarios will form the basis of the State of Europe brainstorm and be published in a report titled #EuropeMatters, helping to spark the debate on the future Europe that we want and how to reinvigorate the relationship between citizens and the European project.
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