1.3 The major problems

1.3 The major problems

Since the economic situation and the EU's approval rating are clearly linked, the position of the "pro-European", centrist parties is likely to deteriorate in the event of a further economic downturn. The last European Parliament elections were already marked by a high proportion of protest votes. The forthcoming European elections are therefore likely to spawn strong support for EU sceptic parties in the economically weaker States. But the countries of northern Europe must also prepare themselves for protest votes. On the one hand, the economic forecast is clouding over here too, and, on the other, the high level of migration in recent years has become another central issue: "Immigration" (40%) is regarded by Europeans as the most important issue for the EU, well ahead of "terrorism" (20%). The EU's response to this issue is obviously not perceived as convincing. And yet, this problem should be politically solvable. This is questionable in the case of the euro.

Chart 3: The problems of the EU (two possible answers)

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