Europeans trust the EU more than their national governments. Polling by Eurobarometer has consistently recorded significantly higher levels of trust in the European Union than in national governments and parliaments. In the latest survey, 42% of citizens polled said they “tend to trust” the EU. Not bad, eh?
Not so fast. That just means the EU is doing well compared to national politics, which is really scraping rock bottom at the moment. It’s still the case that roughly half of Europeans (48%) say they “tend not to trust” the EU (with 10% saying they “don’t know”). Is there anything the EU can do to boost citizens’ trust?
What do our readers think? We had a comment from Hector, who says (citing Eurobarometer) that trust in the EU has still not recovered since the Eurozone crisis. Looking at the numbers, this does seem to be the case (average trust in the EU was indeed higher before 2012, though there have been signs of improvement in the last couple of years).
How can we get citizens to trust the EU more? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!