For many Europeans a policy of isolation and nationalism is not an appropriate response to the challenges of globalization. This is because, although almost half of all Europeans see globalization as a threat, the majority of them consider the EU to be part of the solution and not the problem.
They expect European policy to concern itself above all with questions of security and migration. Economic questions and questions of social justice are considered to play a far less important role, irrespective of country of origin and party affinity. It is striking that whereas enthusiasm for the EU is crumbling in some right-of-center parties (FDP in Germany, Les Republicains in France), a broad majority of supporters of center-right to left parties support greater European co-operation.
"In 2017 there is cross-party acceptance of Europe as a source of stability, prosperity and peace. That is one of Europe's successes," says our chairman and CEO Aart De Geus, commenting on the findings.