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Latvia's Euroscepticism outdoes even Britain. Le Monde rips into the French foreign minister. And someone's going to have to make way for Bulgaria and Romania

By Manneken Pis   June 2006

Ungrateful ex-commies

At one time, Britain could be relied on to come top of any league of Eurosceptics. But the latest Eurobarometer survey of opinion across the EU finds Latvians even less keen on membership than the Brits. Asked whether it benefited their country, only 29 per cent of Latvians said yes. Austria, which holds the EU’s presidency, has the second lowest figure at 31 per cent, followed by Britain at 33 per cent. Several of the new ex-communist states are already disenchanted with the EU, with less than half of Hungarians, Estonians, Slovenes and Czechs believing membership to…

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