A new survey of European public opinion shows that the continent’s financial and employment crises are jeopardizing European integration. In just the last year, overall support for the European Union fell from 60% to 45%, PewResearch’s Global Attitudes Project found (CR in this chart is the Czech Republic):
A PEW study on European Attitudes shows social mood is darkening in the Eurozone, but especially in France.
The 78 page study "The New Sick Man of Europe: The European Union" is worth a look in entirety, but let's turn the spotlight on France.
France in Free Fall
ATHENS: French President Francois Hollande made a last-ditch appeal on Monday to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to return to the negotiating table with creditors, saying only a few hours remained for a deal. Athens shocked creditors by announcing on Saturday a July 5 referendum on the latest cash-for-reform proposal. It now has less than 48 hours to pay back 1.6 billion euros of IMF loans. Ministers from Hollande's Socialist government were early backers of Tsipras' leftist administration after it won January elections.
BRUSSELS — EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker urged Greeks on Monday to back a cash-for-reform package rejected by their government, saying a ‘no’ vote in Sunday’s referendum would mean Greece was turning its back on the European Union.
Following a breakdown of talks between Athens and its creditors, Juncker delivered a withering criticism of the Greek government which called the referendum and which advised Greeks to vote against creditor proposals.
Wednesday began with decisively downbeat rumblings out of Germany as lawmakers from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic bloc as well as MPs from the Social Democrats (Merkel’s junior coalition partner) continued to signal they are inclined to agree with FinMin Wolfgang Schaeuble when it comes to how far Germany should be willing to go to keep Greece in the currency bloc.
The French government spoke out on Sunday against comments by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde suggesting that Greeks were dodging taxes."I find (Lagarde's comments) rather simplistic and stereotypical," government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told French television after the IMF managing director's comments last week outraged Greece.