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EU has failed us: Shock graph of countries that believe EU membership has been pointless

BRUSSELS is facing a huge backlash with Italy, Greece and Cyprus now leading the charge against the European Union (EU).

A shock new graph, based on a survey carried out by the European Parliament itself, shows the three states are now hubs of euroscepticism.According to the ‘Parlemeter’ survey, based on face-to-face interviews with citizens from all 28 member states, the  faces a battle for survival in Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

In total 27,881 EU nationals across the bloc were asked: “Taking everything into account, would you say that your country has on balance benefited from or not from being a member of the EU?”

Italy recorded the lowest percentage of people who responded by saying their country had benefited: just 39 per cent.

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A shock new graph has revealed a new wave of euroscepticism


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Italy, Greece and Cyprus highlight the EU’s struggle to gain approval in some member states


Greece also saw more than a majority of people shun the ‘benefited’ option, with only 48 per cent of people responding in this manner.Cyprus, too, saw just 45 per cent say their country had benefited due to its membership of the bloc, during the poll which took place between September 23 and October 2 this year

The UK, France, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Austria all saw less than 60 per cent of respondents say their country had benefited from EU membership.

Despite the low scores of approval recorded in several major EU states, Brussels leaders said they were pleased with the results.

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani said the “positive and encouraging” results actually gave him a greater mandate to push or more influence.

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European Parliament president Antonio Tajani welcomed the result as ‘positive’


He said: “The result of the survey is very positive and encouraging. It shows that the confidence in our institutions and our work continues to grow and that we are leaving the crisis of recent years behind.“Naturally, in some areas, views vary from member state to member state. This should inspire us to step up our efforts to tackle the concerns expressed.

“In general, people increasingly see the EU as a key player in tackling the big challenges and protecting them against common threats such as terrorism, unemployment or poverty and exclusion.

“For us, as the people’s Parliament, that means we need to deliver and that we will work even harder to fulfil people’s hopes and expectations.“I also take the results of the survey as a mandate for the European Parliament to increase its key role in shaping the EU’s future.

“The best forum for debate on what the EU should look like, what tasks it should perform, or what powers it should have, is here, in the European Parliament.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/873097/european-union-eu-support-euroscepticism-italy-greece-cyprus

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