Poll: Support for European Union Wears Thin Over Crisis

Europeans have never been wild about the European Union. With the region sapped by the euro crisis, confidence in the institution and the benefits it was supposed to provide is flagging faster and further than ever before, according to an influential opinion survey released Monday.

The results of an annual survey by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan organization based in Washington, show a deepening disillusionment with the union in major member countries.

The results of the survey suggest that more citizens than ever could end up opposing the transfer of more power to European Union institutions that may be vital for transforming the euro into a viable currency over the long term.

“The effort over the past half-century to create a more united Europe is now the principal casualty of the euro crisis,” according to a report that Pew published with the survey results. The title of the report summed it up: “The New Sick Man of Europe: the European Union.”


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