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Majority of Europeans expect EU collapse in 20 years: Poll

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A majority of Europeans believe that the EU is likely to collapse within 20 years, despite record support for the bloc, according to a new poll.

The poll published on Wednesday showed that in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Greece, the and Poland, a majority of the people surveyed thought disintegration was a "realistic possibility", reported.

The figures are particularly stark in France, where is trailing behind Marine Le Pen's EU-bashing Rassemblement National (RN) in the polls for next week's European elections.

According to the survey, 58 per cent of the people in believe that the EU is very likely or fairly likely to fall apart within 20 years, second only to (66 per cent).

Of the 14 countries polled by YouGov, it was only in (44 per cent), (41 per cent) and (40 per cent) that the proportion predicting implosion dipped below a majority.

Meanwhile, as many as a third of the voters in and said they believed a war could be possible.

Europeans are also concerned about faltering prosperity. The survey found that just a third of Germans and a quarter of Italians and French had money left over at the month's end for discretionary spending.

The findings reflect widespread concerns over the May 23 elections, in large part sparked by the warnings of European leaders and the emergence of populist governments in several member states.

Macron has pitted himself as the of anti-populist forces in opposition to the likes of Matteo Salvini, Italy's far-right Deputy Prime Minister, while the President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has warned voters against using the elections as a protest vote.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 15:22 IST
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