Survey: Austrians currently have the worst image of the EU as only 34% are positive.
A majority in Austria and in the EU are in favor of more competences for the Union to overcome the Corona pandemic.
Austrians currently have the worst image of the European Union. In a recent Eurobarometer survey, only 34 percent have a positive image of the EU in this country, which is 14 points below the EU average. A majority in Austria and in the EU is in favor of more competences for the European Union to overcome the Corona pandemic. Criticism came from the Neos party, which criticized the government’s attacks on the EU.
Eight percent of those surveyed in Austria have a very positive image of the EU, 26 percent a positive one. In contrast, five percent of Austrians have a very negative image of the EU and 22 percent a negative one, while 39 percent have a neutral view of the EU.
Almost 50% of Austrians see developments “going in the wrong direction
Forty-seven percent of respondents in Austria said things in the EU were going in the wrong direction (49 percent on average in the EU), while one-third see developments going in the right direction. In Austria, 53 percent were satisfied with the EU measures against the Corona pandemic, compared with only 48 percent across the EU. Solidarity among the EU states was described as unsatisfactory by 51 percent in Austria and 53 percent across the EU.
That the EU should have more powers to deal with the crisis was supported by 61 percent in Austria and 74 percent in the EU. The EU should focus on access to vaccines, according to respondents both in Austria and EU-wide.
Criticism came from the Neo party. With its endless attacks, the federal government has managed to make Austrians judge the EU most negatively of all, said Claudia Gamon, European spokeswoman and member of the European Parliament.
She recalled the blaming by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Finance Minister Gernot Blümel. “In order to divert attention from their own mistakes in ordering vaccines and approving financial aid, they have poured on the European institutions with untenable accusations and thus permanently damaged the relationship with the Union.
Source: Der Standard