With or without euro
Tuesday 29 May 2012
The common European currency is not loved by the Europeans, but few want to drop it, a survey, published on 29 May by
The New York Times, revealed.
The survey covered the inhabitants of eight European countries, including Greece, more than two years into the debt crisis, which has been crippling the continent’s economy.
“Despite the financial troubles currently facing Europe, majorities in the five eurozone countries in the survey favoured keeping the single currency, ranging from 52% in Italy to 71% in Greece, according to the poll, which was carried out by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.”
The New York Times notes that “Greece, the country most at risk of falling out of the euro, typified the contradiction. “There, people were most likely to say that their country had been weakened by European economic integration. “Yet support for the euro was highest, the poll found, perhaps showing Greek preferences as they head into new parliamentary elections, on 17 June.”