THE amount of people in Spain who view the EU positively rose to 43 per cent during the last six months, the second highest rate of increase in the bloc.
The European Commission’s Autumn Eurobarometre found the amount of those with positive feelings on the EU increased by 10 percentage points.
Those with a negative view of the bloc fell by two points to 13 per cent while those who viewed it neutrally fell by seven points to 43 per cent.
A total of 17 EU countries saw rises in positive feelings towards the EU from their citizens. These included Britain, which saw a rise of nine points to 43 per cent and Sweden, 11 points more to 53 per cent.
There was no change in Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Italy and Slovakia which had figures for positive feelings of 56 per cent, 40, 64, 35, and 33 respectively.
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Positive feelings fell in the Czech Republic by three points to 28 per cent and France by two points to 34 per cent. Germany saw a fall of two to 47, Greece two to 25, Malta seven to 43 and Poland three to 53.
The Eurobarometer found 38 per cent of Spanish people trust EU institutions, four points less, while 54 per cent do not, a drop of five points.
Immigration was the leading concern for 38 per cent of Spanish people. The economy came second with 25 per cent, while terrorism came third with 20.
The Spanish came third in terms of their view of their own national economic situation, with 80 per cent describing it as bad. The Greeks came first with 94 per cent and Croatians second with 83 per cent.
The EU conducted the survey in November. It saw 32,600 people aged over 15 from across the bloc take part.