Greeks conflicted about EU membership with surprising results

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According to the latest results from the national Palmos Analysis survey, the majority of Greeks are conflicted about the benefits of EU membership with a clear majority disillusioned about the direction the Union is going.

The survey, commissioned by the Tsipras Government, showed that 84% of Greece consider that the EU is "moving in the wrong direction" with opinions evenly split on whether the country's EU membership is positive (44%) or negative (45%) whilst 60% Greeks favour membership of the Eurozone.

About 70% suggested they were not adequately informed about the activities of the European Parliament, whilst 40% say they are not adequately informed about the activities of the Greek Parliament. Only one in four Greeks considers that the country's MEPs adequately represent the country in the European Parliament, while two in four disagree. At the same time, most individual MEPs have a net positive balance of positive versus negative opinions.

The survey results also showed that the majority of Greeks (86%) want the EU to have greater powers on issues such as the refugee crisis and nearly half (47%) on state budgets.

Surprisingly, approximately 50% of Greeks want the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Greek programme, either as a creditor or as a technical advisor.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.