Popular support for European Union membership has fallen to a nine-year low, according to an annual Eurobarometer survey carried out in May, when the bloc was mired in sovereign-debt problems. The poll said that in the 27 countries in the bloc support for membership fell to 49 percent. Trust was pegged at just 42 percent.
Felix Roth, with the Centre for European Policy Studies, suggested what the main reasons were:
“It has to do with the biggest financial economic crisis since the 1930s and the non-coordinated way of the crisis management. European member states should have done it on a European basis, and they did it on a national basis, starting with the national bailout of banks. It should have been done on a European base. That would have been a message for the European citizens to understand: we are able to coordinate our member states.”
After the relative institutional inactivity of the summer, work has stacked up for the end of the year. One specialist said that if the EU fails to deliver on economic and regulatory decisions, its credibility will remain low.