Trust towards different institutions

There are large variations between different member states in terms of the trust they place in their own governments, although, overall, half of the European population does not trust its own government.

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Terrorism

European population also increasingly support the idea that the risk of terrorism is a very serious problem on the continent. 85 percent of total respondents fear that terror attacks similar to those in Paris, Brussels and Berlin could occur in their own country, while 36 percent are strongly afraid of this possibility.

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Illegal immigration

llegal immigration continues to be a significant problem for Europeans. One notable change, however, is that while in 2016 more than 50 percent of those asked thought that most immigrants arriving in Europe enter the EU because they are not safe in their own country, the response was different in 2017, with 53 percent of respondents believing that most immigrants arrive for economic reasons.

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Foreign affairs

Respondents from every country rejected pressure being placed on the domestic policies of individual countries by foreign political or economic powers through local NGOs.

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Leaving the EU

With the exception of two countries (the exiting United Kingdom and the Czech Republic), every European Union member state would remain in the EU if a referendum were held on the matter.

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Next generation

Every other European thinks that future generations will have lower standards of living than we have today. The most developed nations are also the most pessimistic (Belgium, Austria, France and Germany) regarding the future.

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