MOST Europeans fear the EU will fall apart within the next 20 years and a third believe it could even descend into civil war, a shock poll reveals.
More than half of voters in nations like France, Germany, Italy and Poland think it is a “realistic possibility” the bloc will disintegrate by 2040.
Their gloomy verdict comes despite public support for the EU project hitting new highs across the continent due to the Brexit chaos in the UK.
The figures are especially damning in France, where Emmanuel Macron’s party is trailing Marine Le Pen’s eurosceptics in the EU election polls.
There, 58 per cent of people surveyed believe the EU is very or fairly likely to fall apart within the next two decades.
Of 14 major countries polled by YouGov only in Sweden, Denmark and Spain did more than half of voters believe the bloc will survive.
In France and Poland as many as a third of people said they believed a war between EU member states was possible in the next few years.
And across the entire group, which represent 80 per cent of the EU population, three quarters said politics is broken at national, EU level or both.
Voters were polled in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Greece, the Czech Republic and Poland for the survey.
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The results were compiled in a report by the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank just a week ahead of the EU elections.
Its director Mark Leonard warned: “There are seven days to resolve the paradox at the heart of the European project.
“Support for EU membership is at the highest level since 1983, and yet a majority of voters fear the EU might collapse.”
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