The Image of Europe in Greece Today

Published On: April 15, 2024Categories:

Client: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom 


In 2022, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom – Greece and Cyprus (FNF) partnered with Kapa Research to conduct the nationwide survey ‘The Image of Europe in Greece Today.’ This initiative was part of the annual “Reshape Europe” campaign of the Foundation, which focused on how Europe could become more resilient in facing enemies of freedom and liberal democracy, and how to equip the European Union to tackle major challenges. The survey captured the perceptions of the Greek public regarding Europe, while insights were gained into Greece’s involvement in the European Union, the effectiveness of European Union and NATO institutions, the impact of the energy crisis following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the assessment of Greek-German relations and Germany itself.

Key Findings 

  • Majority of Greeks (74%) feel Greece belongs in Europe, with 71% believing in the country’s better future within the EU.
  • Positive sentiment (72%) exists towards deepening European integration politically and economically among member states.
  • While 57% have faith in the Euro over the Drachma, only 25% would vote for leaving the currency union in a referendum.
  • Greek opinion towards the EU is divided, with 48% viewing it positively and 50% negatively, showing fluctuation over the years.
  • Freedom of movement, democracy enhancement, and support programs for weaker states are seen as EU strengths.
  • The European Court of Justice commands the highest trust (60%), followed by the European Parliament (43%), but with declining trust compared to 2008.
  • Negative perceptions of the EU include concerns over widening inequalities, leadership deficits, and lack of a common defense and foreign policy.
  • Worries persist among citizens regarding potential energy, food, and solidarity crises within the EU, with 73%, 69%, and 47% expressing concerns, respectively.
  • Views are divided on geographic expansion and entry of new member states into the EU, with 47% positive and 43% negative, while 56% believe Western Balkan accession would enhance stability in Southeastern Europe.

Read the Full Report here