A majority of EU voters think it could COLLAPSE within 20 years with many youngsters fearing there could be a WAR between member states inside a decade, a new report says
- More than half of people in 11 countries thought its existence was under threat
- A third of French believe conflict between EU members is a ‘realistic possibility’
- Fear was highest among the younger voters in the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups
- Analysis in a new report by the European Council on Foreign Relations
A majority of voters across the EU fear it could collapse entirely within 20 years, with many fearing there could be a war between member states within a decade, a new report suggests.
More than 50 per cent of people in 11 of 14 countries polled by YouGov and analysed by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank thought its existence was under threat.
And a third of voters in France and Poland and over a quarter of voters in Germany – all of which were ravaged in the Second World War – believe that conflict between EU member states is a ‘realistic possibility’ in the coming decade.
This fear was highest among the younger voters in the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups and comes as the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in the Second World War.
The report came as the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in the Second World War
More than 50 per cent of people in 11 of 14 countries polled by YouGov and analysed by the pro-EU European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank thought the EU’s existence was under threat
Mark Leonard, founding director of the ECFR and one of the report’s author, said there was a ‘paradox’ at the heart of Europe.
‘Support for EU membership is at the highest level since 1983 – and yet a majority of voters fear the EU might collapse,’ he said.
‘The challenge for pro-Europeans is to use this fear of loss to mobilise their silent majority and ensure that it is not just the anti-system parties who get their say on 26 May.’
European elections are being held in the UK on May 23 and across the following days in other member states.
Among the countries with majorities of voters fearing EU disintegration were Slovakia (66 per cent), France, Italy, Poland and Romania (all 58 per cent), the Netherlands (52 per cent) and Germany (50 per cent).
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