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WE DON’T WANT EU: Young Europeans want to QUIT Brussels bloc, shock survey reveals

THE European Union could crumble at the hands of its youth after a survey revealed not everyone has confidence in the Brussels bloc.

More than three-quarters of young Europeans see the Brussels bloc as just a trading bloc instead of an alliance of common countries or friendship between neighbours.And an average 21 per cent say they wanted their country to pull out of the EU altogether in scenes reminiscent of the UK’s Brexit vote last June.

And it seems the young Brits are most keen to quit the Brussels bloc – with 42 per cent saying they would vote to leave if a new referendum was held tomorrow.

EU flag burning and young adult protestGETTY              A fifth wanted their country to pull out of the EU altogether

The online survey, commissioned by Germany’s TUI Foundation, polled 6,000 people aged between 16 and 26 in seven EU countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and Britain.And found that on average, almost 40 per cent of respondents wanted the EU to return power to national governments.

Right wing protestGETTY                Many youngsters are becoming more right wing

While in Greece, that figure rose to a whopping 60 per cent as citizens continue to struggle under the bloc’s tough austerity rules.Respondents from Germany and Greece were most in favour of democracy.

And in France, Italy and Poland – all home to increasing populist movements – less than half of respondents were convinced of its effectiveness.

But it also revealed the level of unrest among the younger generation – who are typically credited as being more left wing than their older counterparts.

Thomas Ellerbeck, chairman of TUI’s board of trustees

Markus Spittler, of the Berlin Science Research Center for Social Research, said: “In principle, young adults support the European idea, but they are increasingly suspicious when it comes to concrete measures and short-term projects.“They can be called critical Europeans. They are critical because they question specific policies and institutional arrangements.”

Although the majority still supported remaining in the EU, an average of 21 per cent of voters said they would vote to leave.

In Germany, 69 per cent were pro-EU while Italy, Poland and Spain voted 59 per cent, 61 per cent and 73 per cent respectively.

Greeks were also most likely to dream of leaving the EU, with 31 per cent believing in a Greece-exit.

Protesting young adultsGETTY              Young adults from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and Britain were surveyed

But the results were lowest in Germany in Spain, where just 12 per cent voted in favour of quitting the union.Thomas Ellerbeck, chairman of TUI’s board of trustees, said in a statement: “The value-based European cohesive forces have for a long time been taken for granted.

“The European youth study shows that this apparently self-evident condition no longer applies.”

The study comes as France sees a runoff vote this weekend to decide who will take over as the country’s president.

Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate who claims she will protect France’s national identity, will go up against Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate, who polls claim is likely to snatch victory.

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