Is Frexit Next? Why Do So Many Europeans Dislike the EU?

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens and cross-posted from Wall Street on Parade

Pew Research Center Study on European Union June 2016On June 23 the U.K. will hold a referendum to decide whether to exit the European Union, a vote dubbed Brexit. Debate on the vote has served to harden views, either favorably or unfavorably, across Europe.

This week, the Pew Research Center released a surveywhich found that 61 percent of the French hold an unfavorable view of the EU, leading to speculation that there may be demands for a referendum (Frexit) in France to seek a vote on leaving the EU.  In fact, a French presidential candidate, Bruno Le Maire, wrote recently in the French publication, Le Monde, that if elected president, he would support holding a referendum vote on the issue.

The Pew Research Center study, as well as corporate media, have focused the growing resentment of the EU on its handling of economic and refugee issues. The Pew study found that overwhelming majorities in every country studied disapprove of how the EU has dealt with the refugee issue. The refugee related disapproval ranged from a high of 94 percent among Greeks, to 88 percent of Swedes, 77 percent of Italians, to 70 percent among the French. Majorities in the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece disapprove of the EU’s handling of the economy according to the Pew study.

But there is another simmering current of resentment that corporate media is not as eager to bring to the fore. It has as its foundation the same underpinnings that have sparked demands for a political revolution in the United States by Presidential contender Senator Bernie Sanders and the millions of Americans who are financially supporting his campaign with $27 donations. A growing number of Europeans believe the EU is a thinly disguised front for multinational corporations just as Americans believe that Wall Street and corporate cartels are the puppet master of the U.S. President and Congress

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