A study conducted by the European think tank ECFR in 12 of the 27 member states revealed a real crisis of confidence and no Biden’s influence on the image of the United States.
On the eve of the transatlantic reunion where US President Joe Biden plans to visit the Old World for the first time from June 11th to 16th, what mentality does Europeans approach this post-Trump era? How did the 15-month Covid-19 pandemic affect their perception of the European Union (EU)? What role do these citizens want the EU to play on the world stage?
These are the voting agencies YouGov and Datapraxis presented to 12 of the 27 EU countries (Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden) on behalf of pan-European think tanks in April. External Relations Committee.
Their answers sometimes seem contradictory, but they clearly reflect the hardships, health, and politics that EU citizens have experienced for more than a year: the EU has managed the crisis very harshly, but they still realize that only the two countries are closer. Only through cooperation can they face the new challenges inevitably brought about by the ever-changing world. They concluded that after this crisis, the EU will need to prioritize a more unified response to global threats.
The ECFR has conducted such investigations for the third consecutive year, and has therefore noted that the EU’s image among its citizens has deteriorated in 2021.After the shortage of masks and tests in the first phase of the 2020 pandemic, the chaotic unfolding of the vaccination campaign on the African continent in January 2021 has left its mark: Susi Dennison and Jana Puglierin, the researchers who signed the report, evoke one “Crisis of Confidence” In this Europe, it is considered that it has failed to protect its residents.Among the 12 member states involved in the survey, half of the respondents (55%) believe that the European project is “shattered”, An increase of 11% compared to 2020.
Disappointment is more pronounced in major countries such as Germany (55%), France (62%), Italy (57%) and Spain (52%). Especially in Germany, the confidence of its citizens in European architecture has dropped significantly. The proportion of people who believe that European integration has gone too far has risen from 23% in 2020 to 33% in 2021. This deterioration is usually related to negative perceptions of the state of the country’s political system: 66% of French believe that their system does not work, less than Italians and Spaniards (80%), but barely more than Bulgarians (63%) And Poles (60%).