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Eurobarometer – One in three inhabitants wants Luxembourg to leave the EU

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LUXEMBOURG – While a very large majority of residents believe that their situation and that of the country are good, they are concerned about the challenges of housing and inflation.

20170629 Luxembourg-Ville / LUXEMBOURG: Timeless photos of Luxembourg, European and Luxembourg Roude Leiw flags fluttering side by side in the wind Thursday, 29 June 2016©EDITPRESS/Jean-Claude Ernst
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For 34% of residents, Luxembourg would face the future better by being outside the European Union, a sharp increase of nine points compared to the summer of 2021, according to the results of the Eurobarometer, published this Monday morning. This is therefore a minority view, especially since 72% of respondents believe that Luxembourg’s interests are taken into account in the EU.

In addition, the inhabitants of the Grand Duchy remain very attached to European values, as 93% of the country’s inhabitants and 98% of 15-24 year olds are in favor of the free movement of Union citizens. The euro, peace, democracy and cultural diversity are also very popular with residents, especially 15-24 year olds. 57% of respondents trust the European Parliament, 54% trust the Commission.

Housing and inflation, the big problems

Residents are also very positive, with 88% of an EU-level agreement to improve gender equality at work, 86% for a common energy policy, 85% for a security policy and common defence, higher percentages in Luxembourg than in the EU As a whole.

Moreover, we are not doing badly in Luxembourg. For example, 87% of those surveyed in the country rate their professional situation as good or very good, and just as many believe that the situation in Luxembourg is good. But not all is rosy in paradise, problems remain.

Residents say the Grand Duchy’s biggest challenges are housing and rising prices, even if the poll was taken days before Russia attacked Ukraine. Housing is thus an important issue for 54% of respondents (9% at EU level). Rising prices were mentioned by 50% of residents, 19 points more than in the last survey. Climate change (17%), health (15%) and insecurity (12%).

The photo shows euro banknotes in Dortmund, West Germany, on January 27, 2020. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP)
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Luxembourgers love the euro. 87% of residents support the European Economic and Monetary Union, significantly more than the EU average (69%). A figure that places Luxembourg in 4th place behind Ireland (90%), Estonia (90%) and Slovenia (88%). Belgians (85%) and Germans (83%) are more convinced than the French (69%). Since its introduction 20 years ago, the euro has had a positive impact on the Luxembourg economy for 75% of respondents and on the European economy for 69% of them. At the EU27 level, only 53% of respondents believe that the euro has been good for their country’s economy.

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