Subjects: Citizen participation
Ireland and Denmark most optimistic countries in EU
Ireland and Denmark are the most socially optimistic countries in the EU, according to Eurofound's Social Optimism Index, a newly developed composite indicator which measures six variables of optimism among people in Europe.
Citizen participation important driver of optimism in Europe
Citizens who feel their voice counts are not only more optimistic about their own future, but also about broader society and the institutions that govern their lives.
Trust in national governments plummets, threatening social cohesion across EU
Trust in institutions has plummeted across the EU with trust in national governments in particular sending alarm signals across numerous Member States.
Trust in Europe bounces back with economic recovery
Overall trust in institutions such as national governments, the legal system, the EU, and the media has rebounded in Europe following the recent economic recovery. However, in a number of the Member States most adversely impacted by the crisis, trust in national institutions has still not returned to pre-crisis levels.