The economic crisis has come to tear down the confidence of citizens in the European Union (EU), a globalist project that now teeters beaten by the growing discontent and increasingly widespread euroscepticism.
In recent months, each new survey has confirmed the collapse of the EU’s image among Europeans already pointed out in the latest Eurobarometer, published late last year.
In it, 57% of Europeans said they did not trust the EU, compared to 33% who does, a trend that contrasts with the pre-crisis figures, when support was around 50% and the negative perception did not reached 40%.
In some of the countries hardest hit by the crisis, the distrust towards the EU reaches much higher percentages, such as 81% in Greece and 72% in Spain, even more striking if one takes into account that both appeared a few years ago between Member States in the EU that received more support.
The European project support has fallen to 45% in the block, according to a recent survey conducted in eight countries by the Pew Research Center U.S., which recorded a drop of 15 points when compared with the support in the past year.
Of those surveyed, Greece (33%) has the lowest support for the EU, but the data has also fallen below 50% in countries traditionally very Europeans as Spain and France, which in only one year have fallen 14 and 19 points, respectively.
“Europe is in bad shape, the worst in its history,” says the leader of the Spanish Socialists in the European Parliament, Juan Fernando Lopez, who attributed the situation to the economic policies promoted by Brussels.
While speaking to EFE, Lopez Aguilar warns of the risk of “self-destruction of the EU” and warned of the collapse of “political forces that have historically built Europe” at the expense of “populist, xenophobic, nationalist fanatics whose only common thread is the anti-Europeanism and europhobia “. In Europe, much like in the United States and South America, socialist movements have taken over some of the most important governments and are now in the process of destroying what there was left of autonomous nation states. In North America, the government of Barack Obama has continued the policies of George W. Bush while enhancing the call for a free path to citizenship for some 30 million illegals. If completed, Obama’s plan will destroy what is left of the middle class by giving illegals access to services which will be more than saturated.
In South America, the socialist regime in Brazil, which is led by former terrorist Dilma Rousseff, is also pursuing policies to erase borders and promoting free transit throughout the southern continent. Along with these policies, Rousseff and her South American cohorts are militarizing the region. Brazil continues to sign agreements with the United States and Israel to install facilities for the production of surveillance technology which, as it has been announced, will be used during the coming World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.
The alarm has already sounded off in Europe given the growing rejection of the continental integration. The secretary general of the European People’s Party (EPP), Antonio López-Istúriz, also recognizes his “great concern” about the phenomenon.
The pressure of new parties, very different from each other but generally critical of the EU, gradually takes effect on the general sentiment of rejection towards the EU. One example is that of UKIP an alternative party led by politician Nigel Farage, who many attack by its rejection of free and open immigration and the anti-Euro sentiment it has presented.
“For a while it looked like a British disease but Euroscepticism has spread across the continent as a virus,” says an analysis released this week by the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank based in several European capitals.
The report highlights the general collapse of confidence in the EU, both in southern Europe where citizens see Brussels as an entity that imposes measures that violate national democracy, as in the north, where it is considered that the EU has failed to control the policies of the southern partners.
Brussels is blamed by both an important democratic deficit and economic recipes that have caused the demise of important European nations such as Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal. According to many Europeans interviewed in a Gallup poll, the next generation will live worse than the present one.
The crisis has put the EU more than ever at the center of attention and, for now, the result — with a eurozone accumulating one year and a half of recession and nearly 20 million unemployed — has been a blow to its image. The continent has never had such a big question mark at the forefront about its own future.