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The pan-European think-tank European Council on Foreign Relations, has more than 46 000 people to interview, what topics you are dealing with before the elections the most. In the process, citizens of different countries set different priorities. the Andrea Bachstein Andrea Bachstein

After the first occupation in the case of the Stuttgarter Nachrichten education at the German school of journalism, and in parallel studied communication Sciences and political science at the LMU Munich. Since 1986, the süddeutsche Zeitung. First of all, as an editor in the news Department, then for many years in the photojournalism division Three side. Responsible for the redesign of the page miscellaneous resort Panorama at the end of 2000, the direction of Panorama to 2005. Again to page Three as the Deputy Department head. 2009 to 2014 in Italy and Vatican correspondent based in Rome. Since then, under ungeminderter sympathy for the Italian policy, focus on Events within the portfolio of foreign international escape and migration issues.


The European election campaign is underway, the parties have presented their programs to the candidates. However, what the citizen is actually, the of 23. to 26. May determine how the new EU Parliament looks like? A Parliament in which there may be more Europeans to join in the conversation than ever before. What makes people Worried? And how their concerns differ from country to country?

To find out, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), an independent, pan-European think-tank, more than 46 000 people to interview. In 14 countries, 80 percent of the EU members, has asked around, the opinion research Institute YouGov in February and March, two other countries, Figures are also available. As the biggest common concern of Europeans are concerned about the Migration (23 per cent). It pulls together the themes from the areas of economic and social Affairs, it moves this complex even more (see chart). Corruption and the threat of Islamism are also considered very important. However, the priorities are depending on the Nation in very different ways.

Only in four countries the issue of Migration is at the very top

Pro-European parties could see the results, "that it is in each member country to various elections," said Susi Dennison, head of European Power programs of the ECFR. Voters would to hear want to have different topics with good arguments. Seemingly contradictory results are not ruled out: the voters are worried in Germany, Austria and Greece, as well as to the growing nationalism in Europe, how about the Migration. Only in four countries the issue of Immigration ranked at the very top: in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, all of them rich, for migrants attractive countries.

At the time of Migration shows that the citizens of some countries is of concern to something that is somewhere else is hardly a role - the Exodus from the homeland. Only four percent of Sweden and eight percent of Germans think about this. For Romanians (55 per cent), Czechs (48), Spain (34), Italians (32), and Poland (30), out-migration, however, is much more important than in-migration. One may assume that factors such as the high level of youth beat unemployment to beech in Greece-about 39 percent of young people have no work, in Italy and Spain, to 33 percent. In Romania so many people from Hiking, in some places, shrinks the population; a fifth of the working age works abroad.

Some countries don't seem to feel the consequences of immigration, there are

want A majority of 72 percent of the Europeans that Europe's borders are better protected from illegal immigration. Stately, 38 percent of Europeans, the Migration judge to be so negative that you want to close the borders for legal and illegal migrants. The largest in East-Central European countries: In Slovakia, 58% in Hungary and the Czech Republic, 56 percent - this attitude corresponds to the government line. In Romania, despite the high level of emigration, is still 55 per cent for the strict border closure. Also at least 34% of German respondents want closed borders for migrants. It is interesting to note that countries with very low immigration such as the Czech Republic or Hungary have high values on the question of whether they experience negative consequences of Migration, crime or worse job prospects. You don't seem to feel the consequences of immigration, there is.

stand out But also other topics, from the point of view of the voters: health care, Housing, Jobs and cost of living. Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Romania have in common. In Spain and Italy, unemployment for respondents is much more significant than the Migration, 42, or 47 percent of the respondents reported this. The Germans are relaxed in this question.

climate change is driving people to

Radical Islamism is seen in all countries, calculated as the single biggest threat, with 22 percent. The low countries were 34 percent, far in front, even in front of Belgium and France (26 percent), which have been repeatedly searched the home of Islamic terrorism.

The corruption is concerned, almost every second respondents, whether in their own country (46 percent), in Central-Eastern Europe (47) and in southern Europe (33). In their own country, they distressed particularly the Spaniards, and Hungary (74 and 72 percent), followed by Italians (70) and Romanians (69). Climate change also drives people. In 13 of the 14 countries, the majority for the protection of the environment is, if necessary, even at the cost of economic growth; the Germans speak to 60 percent.

ECFR Director Mark Leonard, the results are generally pleasing tendencies. Populists like Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy and Trumps now active in Europe ideologue Steve Bannon had tried to make the election "a Referendum on Migration. They have mobilized a coalition of nationalists to the EU from the inside to dismantle it." But to win the survey and encourage Pro-Europeans, with topics such as climate change, health care, Housing and standard of living voices. However, the party would have to offer the representative an honest inventory of the failures of the EU. He dreams of far-sighted reformers, "the rates for Europe to have a majority of the Fashion and acting," said Leonard.

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