Euroscepticism is soaring as public confidence in the EU drops to an all-time low, according to a study of Eurobarometer polls.
The European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, says its analysis shows that financial crises, budget cuts, bailouts and the loss of national sovereignty have contributed to the rise of euroscepticism across the EU.
Eurobarometer, the EU’s polling arm, surveyed the EU’s six biggest countries – France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom – accounting for over two-thirds of the EU population.
The Eurobarometer data compares trust and mistrust in the EU at the end of 2012 with data from 2007.
The think tank says the figures show that historically pro-European countries, such as Spain, Germany and Italy, have lost faith in the EU and are leaning more toward the traditionally British distrust of its institutions.