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Hungary profits most from EU ‘but doesn’t appreciate it’ – by Janosch Delcke

Hungary benefits more than most from being a member of the European Union, but its citizens are among the least appreciative, according to a study to be released Wednesday.

“The discrepancy between what the situation [in the EU] is like, when it comes to hard facts, and how it’s being perceived by the population is nowhere as visible as in Hungary,” said Josef Janning, head of the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Berlin office, and one of the authors of the study, seen by POLITICO.

The ECFR, a think tank, used publicly available data, mostly from European Commission reports, Eurostat (the Commission’s statistics department) and Eurobarometer (surveys of public opinion compiled for the Commission). Its aim was to see if attitudes to the EU had changed between 2007 — before the global financial crisis — and 2014.

Read more: Hungary profits most from EU ‘but doesn’t appreciate it’ – POLITICO

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