Majority of European survey respondents want better EU cooperation following coronavirus response

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25th June 2020 13:36 - Central Government

Majority of European survey respondents want better EU cooperation, following coronavirus response: A survey for the European Council on Foreign Relations has revealed that the vast majority of the European respondents taking part want to see more EU cooperation following the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many believing the EU has been 'irrelevant' during the outbreak. 

The research polled 10,000 respondents in nine EU countries (France, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Italy and Sweden) and found that a third have lost confidence in their nation's government - following their response to coronavirus.

63% of respondents said that Covid-19 has revealed a need for EU governments to work better together. 

Nine out of ten Portuguese respondents (91%) said a more cohesive response was necessary, while eight out of ten said the same in Spain (80%) and 76% in Italy. Just over half the Swedish respondents surveyed were in support of more cooperation at EU level (51%), compared to 52% in France, 53% in Denmark and 55% in Germany. Bulgaria stood at 56%, while in Poland it was 63%. 

The survey also revealed that the global pandemic has caused perceptions to change of other nations beyond the European continent. When it comes to perceptions of the US, 60% said their view has worsened following the outbreak, while almost half said the same of China (48%).

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