ADVERTISING
 
Friday, March 31   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Faith at the workplace
Do you agree with the EU Court of Justice that religious and political symbols can be banned at the workplace?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Eurobarometer
 

Immigration and terrorism continue to be major challenges for Europeans

The European Commission Eurobarometers show Europeans' opinions and concerns. The trust in the EU has grown.

SOURCES European Commission, EurActiv AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BRUSSELS 30 DECEMBER 2016 16:50 h GMT+1
More than 500,000 reached Greece last year.

The European Commission has releaed two Eurobarometers on 22 December, which outline Europeans' attitudes towards the EU, as well as citizens' main concerns and perceptions of the economic situation.



The “Autumn 2016 “Standard Eurobarometer” was conducted through face-to-face interviews between 3 and 16 November 2016. A total of 32,896 people were interviewed across the EU Member States and in the candidate countries.



The Special Eurobarometer “Future of Europe” was conducted through face-to-face interviews between 24 September and 3 October 2016. A total of 27,768 people were interviewed across the EU Member States.



 



EUROPEAN LEVEL: IMMIGRATION AND TERRORISM



Mentioned by 45% of Europeans, immigration is seen as the most important concern in 26 Member States. Close to a third of EU citizens mention terrorism (32%, in second position).



Immigration and terrorism are mentioned as the first or second most important issue facing the EU in all Member States except Portugal, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.



The economic situation is seen as one of the most important problems facing the EU by one in five Europeans (20%, in third place).



 







NATIONAL LEVEL: UNEMPLOYMENT AND IMMEGRATION



Unemployment is seen as the main challenge for almost half Europeans at a national level (31%), followed by immigration (26%). Meanwhile, economic situation (19%) and health and social security (18%) come third and fourth in the list of concerns.



That is why a majority of respondents said more attention should be given to social equality and solidarity (46%), as an essential building block for the future of Europe, compared to other topics such as protecting the environment (31%) or progress and innovation (28%).



 







POSITIVE VIEWS ABOUT THE EU



Continuing the positive trend seen in the spring 2016 survey, trust in the EU has increased to 36% (up from 33%). Moreover, a large group (66%) agree the EU is a place of stability in a troubled world.



Trust in national parliaments and governments has also increased but remains below trust in the EU.



Given the growing opposition in some member states to deepening the EU, countries like France advocated a two-speed Europe so the most pro-EU capitals could move forward in the process.



However, Europeans remain divided over this solution. While 47% of respondents said that countries in favour of intensifying common European policies in key areas should do so without having to wait for the others, 41% disagree with this option.



Additionally, 67% of Europeans feel they are citizens of the EU, and Four in ten Europeans consider that their voice counts in Europe.



 



AGAINST EU ECONOMIC GOVERNMENT



But Europeans are less enthusiastic when it comes to giving a bigger role to EU institutions in managing the economy. In fact, they oppose creating an EU economic government, according to an EU-wide opinion poll. Only one in five said having an economic government for the EU would be helpful for the future of Europe.



 



The truck used in the Berlin attack. / Reuters



Although 68% of Europeans favoured more decision-making at European level to stimulate investment and job creation, the European approach was more welcome in other areas such as fighting terrorism (80%), promoting democracy and peace (80%), or protecting the environment (77%).



The Nordic countries and Austria are the less supportive countries of a European approach in investment and job creation.



 



PESSIMISTIC FUTURE



The other Eurobarometer survey, indicated that Europeans are more pessimistic about their national economies than their personal situation.



While 56% of respondents judged the economic situation in other countries negatively, 69% believe the financial situation at home is totally good.



At the same time, 45% of respondents considered that the impact of the economic crisis on the job market will deteriorate further, while 42% responded that a turning point has already been reached.



Views about the future are rather pessimistic. More than half of Europeans (56%) think life for today’s children will be more difficult than for their own generation.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Immigration and terrorism continue to be major challenges for Europeans
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Healthy team-building in intercultural mission Healthy team-building in intercultural mission

Insights by Scott Moreau, Associate Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School.

 
How does erotic love feature in the Bible? How does erotic love feature in the Bible?

Richard Winter, Psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary, answers the question.

 
Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31

A powerful video recites Proverbs 31:10-31, from the Bible. Produced by World Relief. 

 
‘You are a… Christian?’ ‘You are a… Christian?’

A clip by Tracey Ullman's Show (BBC, in the UK) gives a humorous approach to how Christians are perceived in the labour market.

 
You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.