Vast Majority of Brits, Germans and French No Longer Trust the EU


The significance of the survey is that it covers the six largest countries in the European Union whose combined populations make up 70 percent of the union. And the news is bad. Really, really bad.

It’s bad in creditor countries like Germany and debtor countries like Spain. The percentages are stunning in Spain, where the negative index tripled, but in the European Union it has entered decisively negative territory reaching nearly 70 percent. And the rise of the UKIP and the attacks on it are symptoms of that.

The only country in the six which hasn’t entered decisively negative territory is newbie Poland. But in the core power nations, the UK, France and Germany; the negatives are well above 50 percent.

José Manuel Barroso, the European commission president, said on Tuesday this week the European “dream” was under threat from a “resurgence of populism and nationalism” across the EU. “At a time when so many Europeans are faced with unemployment, uncertainty and growing inequality, a sort of ‘European fatigue’ has set in, coupled with a lack of understanding. Who does what, who decides what, who controls whom and what? And where are we heading to?”

Some of this can be attributed to the general unpopularity of any government when events trend downward. But that unpopularity can be and is being converted into political power.

State of the parties

The rise of the UKIP and the decline of Labour tells the story in the UK. Euroskepticism is gaining a hold on the public imagination which sees nations and governments and peoples stifled by insane regulatory regimes. If the system isn’t keeping people afloat, the mandate to cut themselves loose from it grows.

  • UCSPanther

    I remember when Euro-skeptics were being laughed at and even ostracized for pointing out possible flaws and potential problems with a European Union. Now, they are being vindicated as the whole shabby construct is running into economic and social problems.

  • Michael Copeland

    The “European dream” is Emperor Barroso’s dream. It is not shared by all those disenfranchised and bankrupted taxpayers.
    The project was dishonestly handled from the outset. EU founding father Jean Monnet said … in 1952 that “Europe’s nations should be led towards a superstate, without their people understanding what is happened.” (Bruce Bawer, FP 2013.04.23)

  • Michael Copeland

    The Eurabia Stitch-up is now Europe’s Islamo-conflict nightmare. The voters see it around them.
    See “The Eurabia Stitch-Up” 14 Apr 2013

  • Jacko

    No empire lasts for ever and this is probably the beginning of the end of the very new Empire of Europe. I hope that America does not soon go the same way.
    Europe got rid of its Jews and got Moslems instead.
    Ce la vie

  • Passer by

    It appears that they don't have enough money to bribe the population into supporting the system. Europe's money printing capability is limited compared to that of the US. Britain is like US without world reserve currency and less natural resources. Europeans don't have enough money to implement open borders welfare state utopia, which means that civil wars and separatism are the likely outcome.

  • @karita_feliz

    Not only in UK, in Germany there's the AfD, (Alternative for Germany) a new Euroskepticist party, which already has enough votes according to some polls to enter the Bundestag. (Germany has elections in September 2013).

  • LindaRivera

    The European Union was created to DESTROY our freedom and human rights and treasonous European and UK leaders have colonized our countries with many millions of hostile, devout Muslims whose goal is our conquest.

    I was banned from making comments on one news site in the UK for telling the truth about Islam. They said it was "racism". Islam is NOT a race! Yesterday, on the Telegraph in the UK they deleted one of my comments and the other comment I made was "flagged for review".

    Liberty GB: Britain: From Parliament to Police State

    While Britain was once admired for its political system and was rightfully hailed as a beacon of liberty, today Britain is one of the most politically repressive countries in the Western world, which is saying a lot given how bad politically correct censorship is in the entire Western world these days.

    Britain today is a multicultural police state where sharia, Islamic law, is quite literally treated as the law [in some parts] of the land. I suppose there is a strange sort of symmetry in this: Britain was one of the first countries in the West to embrace political liberty and is now among the first to leave political liberty behind.

    The leader of the UKIP in Britain NEVER talks about the dangers of Islam. Please join and support Liberty GB, Britain's last great hope!

  • Dean M. Jackson

    Now you know why East German Stasi agent Chancellor Angela Merkel and her European Central Bank (located in Frankfurt, Germany) are promoting disastrous economic austerity measures on EU nations…to dissolve the EU, which will dissolve NATO. The breakup of NATO is foremost on Moscow's wish list.

    For those not clued-in, the collapse of the USSR was a disinformation operation under the "Long-Range Policy" (LRP), the "new" and more subtle strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960 to defeat the West with. The next major disinformation operation under the LRP will be the upcoming fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government, subsequent to which Taiwan will be politically stymied from not joining the mainland.

    Now you know why Russian military aircraft still have the hated Communist Red Star on their wings/tail fin, and why NEW Russian naval vessels have the hated Communist Red Star placed on their bows. That hated Communist symbol represented the 74 years that the minority Communist Party of the Soviet Union (representing no more than 10% of the adult population) persecuted the majority population, and would have been immediately removed from all such military hardware if the collapse of the USSR were legitimate.

    Of course, the vast majority of those who work at the ECB aren't Communists or Communist agents, but being located in Germany they are subject to veiled threats

    For more on the LRP, read KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn’s 1984 book, “New Lies for Old”, available at Internet Archive or your public library.