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 YouGov poll published on Wednesday showed that in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Greece, the Czech Republic and Poland, a majority of the people surveyed thought European Union disintegration was a "realistic possibility", the Guardian reported.
The figures are particularly stark in France, where President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche party is trailing behind Marine Le Pen's EU-bashing Rassemblement National (RN) in the polls for next week's European elections.
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 leader of anti-populist forces in opposition to the likes of Matteo Salvini, Italy's far-right Deputy Prime Minister, while the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has warned voters against using the elections as a protest vote.
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