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Jun 30, 2017

Survey shows Europeans want their border protected more effectively

The Századvég Foundation surveyed 1,000 people in each of Europe’s 28 member states between April 10 and May 31, 2017

Most Europeans want the bloc's external borders protected more effectively, according to a survey by the Századvég Foundation.

The foundation surveyed citizens from 28 European union member states and found that 79 percent believed the EU should be doing a better job of protecting the external border.

Századvég said that the same opinion was also represented by 80-90 percent of centrists in Germany. Whereas the decisive majority expressed a desire to remain in the bloc, most also believe Brussels has mishandled the most serious crises to have faced the EU over the past few years.

Figyelo reported that EU citizens want a different kind of cooperation to that promoted by the Brussels political establishment. Asked about income disparities both within member states and along the north-south fault line, 88 percent said such divisions were problematic.

The report found that only 24 percent of respondents expected the economic environment in Europe to improve while half regarded the efforts to improve the economy as expressly lacking.

While addressing terrorism, it was found that half of Europeans think that efforts made by the community were inadequate while 38 percent considered Brussels to be doing a good job in this area.

The Századvég Foundation surveyed 1,000 people in each of Europe’s 28 member states between April 10 and May 31, 2017.