|Series Title||European Voice|
|Series Details||Vol.7, No.29, 19.7.01, p2|
SUPPORT for the euro is growing in the EU but less than half of the bloc's population think European Union membership is a good thing, according to a new survey.
The latest Eurobarometer poll of opinion across the EU shows that 59% support the single currency, a 4% increase compared to six months ago. But the number of people who think membership is a good thing, 48%, and that it has benefited their country, 45%, is down 2% in both cases.
Union support is haemorrhaging fastest in Spain: 10% fewer Spaniards, 54%, believe membership has been beneficial for their country and 8% less now trust the Commission - 53%.
The percentage who think membership is a good thing has also dropped in traditionally pro-Union states such as the Netherlands, down 8%; the home of the EU institutions Belgium, down 8%; and Luxembourg, down 7%.
Despite the 'no' vote in the Nice referendum, Ireland is still one of the most positive Union members, with 73% believing membership is a good thing.
Support for enlargement has dropped slightly - down 1% to 43%. The UK remains the most eurosceptic EU state. Only 29% think their country's membership is a good thing, and support for the euro still stands at only 25%.
Support for the euro is growing in the EU but less than half of the bloc's population think European Union membership is a good thing, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|