Bulgarians 'Most Detached from EU' - Eurobarometer

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Bulgaria is one of just three EU member states where over 50 percent of people do not feel like European citizens, a Eurobarometer survey has shown.

About 53% of Bulgarians, 50% of Italians and 51% of Greeks do not regard themselves as having an EU identity, according to a message on the European Commission's website.

The figures come against the backdrop of an average 65% of Europeans who feel like an EU citizen, the poll also reveals.

Bulgarians convinced their voice counts in Europe number 42 percent, just a notch above those who argued it does not make a difference.

However, the results exactly match the EU average.

Sixty-two percent of Bulgarians are optimistic about the EU, which is also above the average 56%.

Levels of support for the single EU currency, the euro, were at 55% across the bloc, but respondents in Bulgaria, which is not a Eurozone member, were utterly divided over whether the EUR should be adopted, with 41 in favor and 42 against.

Figures suggest the gap between the numbers of Bulgarians backing the Euro and those rejecting it is narrow compared to other non-euro area members such as Sweden (77% "strongly against"), the UK and the Czech Republic (73% strongly against in each country), Denmark (66% against), Poland (37% pro, 47% contra).

It was Bulgaria, on the other hand, where resistance against the euro grew the most (by 6%) since the autumn of 2013.

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Dogfish - 31 Jul 2014 // 22:10:42

In Holland, the transition went as smooth as oil. The only prices that went up were those in pubs and snackbars - the people running those are aware that the public buys on impulse. And the government just stuck to fiscal discipline. No government that is over-indebted can blame others - it was they that borrowed the money (to please their voters), nobody forced them to it. Without the Euro, several countries would have been in dire trouble after the 2008 crisis, not being able to prop up their banks.

Seedy - 31 Jul 2014 // 21:41:44

Are you mental? Of course you're a foreigner, Dim-wit - there's no such country as "The EU" and no such nationality. Does your passport say you're a citizen of the EU? No - you're a citizen of a member state.....until the whole ludicrous political and social experiment crumbles into well-deserved ruin.

Fr Jack Hackett - 31 Jul 2014 // 20:40:29

I was living in Greece when it adopted the euro and it was very difficult. The prices of staples went up in some cases multiple times, rents went up, whereas salaries stayed the same. And look what has happened to Greece in recent years having to be bailed out by the EU more than once. The more money the EU gives or loans the new countries, the more these new EU countries owe the EU - Do we really want the same for Bulgaria, especially when the ordinary citizen may have problems seeing where the EU money is being spent?

You Foreigner - 31 Jul 2014 // 11:42:29

Non too surprised when the State labels every non Bulgarian, as a foreigner. We are all EU, citizens now. Foreigners are non EU citizens. Almost if a deliberate undercurrent were created to install hostilities into Bulgarians, unless you're Russian.

Re-write all the legislation instead of the lazy editing of that what we have at the moment.

We are EU citizens within the European Economic Union, be proud of our identity, be proud of that what the EU, bestowed upon us all and that what Bulgarians give to a EU, be proud to welcome EU citizens of all EU countries and share in our Bulgarian economic development.

Dogfish - 31 Jul 2014 // 10:40:36

For once, selfperception matches perception. Many Bulgarians seem rather oriental to me: bakshish for officials, pasha-behaviour, albeit with booze, byzantine behaviour in ministries.

EDC - 31 Jul 2014 // 10:33:02

THE EURO ?????????
In recent times countries that have adopted the Euro ,some people have lost out ,mostly those on a pension as the exchange was rounded down and the cost of living went up .
Just as an example say Bread now costing 1 leva would not be 50 cent the retailers would just charge 1 euro this is a gow profits are made .
A pensioner on 180 leva per MONTH would not get 180 euro which in fact would not be enough to live of ,look at IRELAND
pensioners struggle to live of 214 euro PENSION PER WEEK ?

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