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[IWS] Eurobarometer: FUTURE OF EUROPE [March 2014]

IWS Documented News Service

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

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European Commission

Eurobarometer

Special Eurobarometer 413

 

FUTURE OF EUROPE [March 2014]

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_413_en.pdf

[full-text, 83 pages]

 

[excerpt]

INTRODUCTION

This is the fifth report in the “Future of Europe” series, following previous surveys in

2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012. It presents a snapshot of the way Europeans perceived

the EU and its future direction in early 2014.

 

The first c hapter foc uses on the EU’s present c irc umstanc es , with respondents identifying

the EU’s main assets and the main c hallenges it c urrently fac es.

The second chapter looks ahead to the end of this decade, asking respondents whether

c hildren in today’s EU c an expec t an easier or more diffic ult life than people from their

own generation, and whether the EU is likely to be more or less influential than other

world powers in 2020.

 

In the third and final chapter, the focus shifts towards planning for the Europe of 2020.

Respondents say where they think the policy-making emphasis should lie, and whether

there should be more or less decision-making at EU level in certain key policy domains.

Lastly, they say whether they support or oppose further European integration in three

specific areas.

 

This survey was carried out by TNS Opinion & Social network in the 28 Member States of

the European Union between 18 and 27 January 2014. Some 27,739 respondents from

different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home in their

mother tongue on behalf of the Directorate-General for Communication.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION...............................................................................................2

MAIN FINDINGS ..............................................................................................4

1. THE EUROPEAN UNION IN 2014 ..............................................................5

1.1. The EU’s main assets ........................................................................5

1.2. The EU’s main challenges ..................................................................9

2. THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: GENERATIONS AND GEOPOLITICS .................. 13

2.1. Prospects for young Europeans ....................................................... 13

2.2. The EU’s influence on the world stage ............................................. 17

3. TOWARDS 2020: PRIORITIES AND PREFERENCES .................................. 20

3.1. Where should the emphasis lie? ...................................................... 20

3.2. More or less European decision-making? ......................................... 24

3.3. Views on further European integration ............................................ 27

CONCLUSIONS............................................................................................... 32

ANNEXES

Technical specifications

Questionnaire

Tables

 

 

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