Thursday, December 1, 2016

German Chancellor 'Merkel is Responsible' for Rise of Euroscepticism in EU

Euroscepticism is becoming increasingly popular in Europe as the EU authorities fail to meet people’s expectations and solve their problems, experts told Sputnik, commenting on a recent poll that showed the idea of Brexit-like referendums is gaining popularity across the European Union.

According to the IFop’s poll prepared for Sputnik, the number of people who would support such a referendum has increased by 7 percent in Italy since July and now stands at 53 percent. The number of supporters of a vote on EU membership has also increased in Spain and Poland by 5 percent, to 39 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

"The Euroscepticism is rising in EU countries as citizens of these countries are making sure every day that EU leaders are not competent, solving whichever problems except those of ordinary people," Spanish political analyst Enric Ravello Barber told Sputnik.

He said that the best example of the problem is the EU policy of accepting migrants and refugees despite people’s wish to keep the borders closed.

"In this context there is an illustrative example of Hungary. The referendum on refugees made people’s position on the policy of open borders clear. This factor played a crucial role in the outcome of the referendum on UK leaving [the European Union]," Barber said. He added that the idea of the European Union was good as only being together the European countries can be a real power like the United States and Russia.

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