InteractiveSeptember 20, 2017

Explore the status of Europe's 2015-16 asylum seekers

About half of those who applied for asylum in Europe during the refugee surge of 2015 and 2016 were still waiting to learn their fate as of the end of last year.

ReportSeptember 20, 2017

Still in Limbo: About a Million Asylum Seekers Await Word on Whether They Can Call Europe Home

About half of those who applied for asylum in Europe during the refugee surge of 2015 and 2016 were still waiting to learn their fate as of the end of last year.

InteractiveJune 19, 2017

Origins and destinations of European Union migrants within the EU

As of 2015, nearly 20 million people, or about 4% of the EU’s birth population, lived in a European country in which they were not born.

Survey ReportsJune 15, 2017

Post-Brexit, Europeans More Favorable Toward EU

While few citizens in Europe want their country to leave the EU, many would support a vote on their country’s EU membership. Frustrations remain over Brussels’ handling of economic and refugee issues.

MultimediaApril 24, 2017

Are you middle class in Western Europe?

A Pew Research Center analysis of income data from 11 Western European countries finds considerable differences in the fortunes of the middle classes in those countries.

ReportApril 24, 2017

Middle Class Fortunes in Western Europe

From 1991 to 2010, the middle class expands in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but, as in the United States, shrinks in Germany, Italy and Spain

Survey ReportsJuly 11, 2016

Europeans Fear Wave of Refugees Will Mean More Terrorism, Fewer Jobs

The refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism are very much related in the minds of many Europeans. Across the EU there are also sharp ideological divides on views about minorities, diversity and national identity.

CommentaryAugust 4, 2015

Legacy of WWII Still Evident in German and Japanese Public Opinion and Relevant Today in Dealing with Russia and China

As the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and the Japanese surrender ending World War II approaches the publics of former enemy nations have unresolved views of their country’s involvement in the largest military conflict in history.

Survey ReportsApril 9, 2014

Support in Principle for U.S.-EU Trade Pact

Survey Report The European Union and the United States are negotiating the most economically significant regional free trade agreement in history: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Publics in Germany and the United States support TTIP and trade expansion in general, especially with each other. But when it comes to specifics, both Americans and […]

CommentaryMay 13, 2013

France and Germany: A Tale of Two Countries Drifting Apart

A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany. The two countries, which have for decades been the driving force behind European integration, increasingly see the world through different lenses. This new evidence of a dramatic divergence of public opinion raises new questions about prospects for the European Project.

CommentaryJanuary 15, 2013

Public Attitudes Toward the Next Social Contract

Recent deliberations in Washington have triggered a national debate about key elements of the social safety net. Why the U.S. invests relatively less in its social safety net than many other countries reflect Americans’ conflicted, partisan and often contradictory views on fairness, inequality, the role and responsibility of government and individuals in society and the efficacy of government action.

Survey ReportsNovember 17, 2011

The American-Western European Values Gap

American values differ from those of Western Europeans in many important ways. Most notably, Americans are more individualistic and are less supportive of a strong safety net than are the publics of Spain, Britain, France and Germany. However, Americans are coming closer to Europeans in not seeing their culture as superior to that of other nations.

Survey ReportsJuly 8, 2010

Widespread Support For Banning Full Islamic Veil in Western Europe

The French public overwhelmingly endorses a ban on full Islamic veils in public places, and majorities in other Western European nations surveyed would also welcome such a ban in their countries. In contrast, most Americans would oppose prohibiting Muslim women from wearing full veils in public.

MultimediaJuly 23, 2009

U.S. Favorability in Western Europe

The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world reflecting global confidence in Barack Obama. In many countries, opinions of the U.S. are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade before George W. Bush took office.

CommentaryFebruary 24, 2004

A Global Generation Gap

Adapting to a New World

Survey ReportsMarch 18, 2003

America’s Image Further Erodes, Europeans Want Weaker Ties

Introduction and Summary Anti-war sentiment and disapproval of President Bush’s international policies continue to erode America’s image among the publics of its allies. U.S. favorability ratings have plummeted in the past six months in countries actively opposing war ­ France, Germany and Russia ­ as well as in countries that are part of the “coalition […]