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Health 30-08-2018

Europeans will say goodbye to daylight saving time on 28 October

A European Union online survey has concluded that a vast majority of the bloc's citizens are against switching between summer and winter time. All signs point towards the EU now putting a stop to changing the clocks.
Central Europe 01-02-2018

Survey: Poles think Article 7 ‘nuclear’ decision is unjustified

Polish authorities claim that the launch of Article 7 against their country as unjustifiable. Citizens are divided on the issue and nearly half of them believe the Commission is just acting because it does not like the current authorities in Warsaw. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Brexit 18-12-2017

Poll: Majority in UK backs Remain with ten-point lead

A poll has found that 51% of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41% want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year’s referendum result.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Half of Britons support a second vote on Brexit, poll finds

Half of Britons support a second vote on whether to leave the European Union and a majority think the government may be paying too much money to the EU to open the way to trade talks, according to a new opinion poll.
Elections 18-10-2017

Parliament poll: Public confidence in the EU is growing

A clear majority of EU citizens now believe that EU membership is good for their country, according to a survey of how they view the EU and its institutions, released on Wednesday (18 October).
Brexit 21-06-2016

Polls: UK referendum could go either way

Britain's referendum on European Union membership could go either way, polls indicated today (21 June), two days from a vote that could determine the political and economic fate of Europe.
EU Priorities 2020 08-06-2016

Brexit or not, Europe’s voters are cooler on EU, survey reveals

Whether or not Britons vote this month to quit the European Union, fellow voters across the continent are increasingly sceptical of the benefits of staying in the bloc.
Trade & Society 06-05-2016

Germans increasingly doubtful of TTIP

Germans are growing increasingly wary of a vast EU-US trade pact currently under negotiation, an opinion poll showed on 5 May, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped for a deal by December.
EU Priorities 2020 28-01-2016

French confidence in the European Union on the rise

The French feel more European than they did one year ago, and their confidence in the European Union has grown. But trust in local institutions and politicians remains far higher. EURACTIV France reports.

Public faith in Angela Merkel at all-time low

For the pollsters it's clear: for the first time ever, a majority of Germans are now critical of Angela Merkel. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Brexit 27-03-2015

Euroscepticism on the rise in UK

The EU is more unpopular in Britain than it has been at any time in the last 20 years, according to the annual British attitudes survey.
Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Romani Rose, speaks at an event hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin. 2011 [Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung/Flickr]

Sinti and Roma inspire ‘hostility’ in German population, study reveals

A recent study shows that one in three Germans rejects Sinti and Roma as neighbours, revealing “deeply rooted stereotypes". EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU leadership approval ratings tumble to all-time low

Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg are the only EU countries where citizens approve the European Union’s leadership with a clear 50% majority, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Approval ratings in nearly all other member states have dropped dramatically since 2008, especially in the crisis-hit south.
Elections 25-07-2013

Record 60% of Europeans ‘tend not to trust’ EU

The number of Europeans who distrust the European Union has doubled over the past six years to a record high, with bailed-out Greeks and Cypriots having the least faith in the bloc, according to a new Eurobarometer poll.
Future EU 14-05-2013

Survey finds growing disillusionment with EU

The sovereign debt crisis has shattered citizens' faith in the European Union and increased distrust between core nations, according to a widely watched study released on Monday (13 May), one year ahead of the European elections.

Half of Europeans still see EU as a good thing

Despite the euro crisis, every second citizen sees his or her country’s EU membership positively and believes the European project brings benefits, says a new study published by the pro-European Notre Europe think tank.
Energy 06-10-2010

EU worried about waning public image of renewables

The European Commission is looking into mechanisms to boost public acceptance of renewable energy projects to meet its climate goals, but behavioural scientists warn that obvious solutions like individual compensation do not always work.
EU Priorities 2020 04-06-2009

Greens get thumbs up in deliberative poll

Following a weekend of debate ahead of the EU elections, over 350 citizens participating in the second pan-European deliberative poll have voiced growing support for the Greens, eroding the leadership of the two big European Parliament political groups, the centre-right EPP-ED and the Socialists.
Enlargement 20-12-2007

Turkey’s EU membership talks move forward

Despite ongoing tensions with France, the EU has decided to continue accession talks and opened two further negotiation chapters with Turkey on Wednesday (19 December).
EU Priorities 2020 05-11-2007

Public support for EU treaty low in Ireland

Only 25% of Irish citizens would currently vote in favour of the Lisbon Treaty about to be signed by EU leaders on 13 December, according to a recent poll, which also showed many voters still need to make up their minds ahead of a referendum on the new EU treaty.
Enlargement 01-11-2007

Interview: Turks increasingly ‘distrustful’ of EU membership process

With the European Commission set to publish its annual progress report on Turkey's progress towards EU accession on 6 November, Turks themselves appear to be increasingly distrustful of the EU executive's enlargement policy. Turkish Secretary General for EU Affairs Mustafa Oguz Demiralp spoke to EURACTIV Turkey in an interview. 
EU Priorities 2020 26-10-2007

Interview: ‘Possible to get citizens interested in EU’

In an interview with EURACTIV, Stephen Boucher, from the think tank Notre Europe, argues that it is possible to engage citizens and explains why public opinion matters in EU policy-making.
EU Priorities 2020 07-09-2007

Europeans want stronger EU role on world stage

A recent poll shows that Europeans are in favour of stronger engagement in foreign policy by the EU and share concerns with US citizens on climate change, energy dependence and international terrorism.
EU Priorities 2020 21-06-2007

Public support for EU project hits a high

Some 66% of Europeans - and 69% of Poles - want a Constitution to be adopted, according to a Eurobarometer survey, published hours before a decisive Brussels summit. However, British citizens remain highly critical of the EU.