Which is the opinion of the European citizens about how the EU is dealing with the European economy and the refugee issue? Are German citizens comparatively more supportive of the EU policies in these two policy domains recently invested by major crises than the other member states’ citizens?

The PEW Research Center with its Global Attitudes Survey conducted in Spring 2017 shed some light on these points. Data show that Europeans are divided when they are asked to declare their opinion on the EU’s handling of the economy. Only in Germany (61%), Poland (58%) and the Netherlands (54%) a majority of respondents expressed a positive view of how Brussels is dealing with the European economy. Greece (12%), Italy (23%) and France (35%) instead show an opposite scenario with a relatively little share of respondents expressing positive attitudes. Furthermore, while in Germany approval of the EU’s economic management is up by 14% since last year, in Italy it remained quite the same.

Europeans are more critical of the EU’s handling of the refugee issue. In all the countries surveyed, publics overwhelmingly disapprove how Brussels managed one of the major recent EU crises. Germany (33%), together with the Netherlands (43%), are the two countries with the largest share of respondents expressing a positive view. While in Germany the share of people who approved Brussels’ efforts constantly increased since the peak of the refugee crises in the summer of 2015, in Italy it decreased by 5% indicating how immigration and the role of the EU in handling it are contentious issues.

This infographic is part of a series investigating the controversial role of Germany and its leadership among EU citizens.

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