European leaders are responding to negative trends in public perceptions of the EU by demanding that unpopular austerity-driven policies will be abolished.

As European citizens react within increasing antagonism towards the EU, leaders are backtracking on unpopular policies, arguing that the worst of the financial crisis is over and that the Europe will lead the way in the next phase of economic recovery. 

Speaking on 23 April in Brussels, European Commission President Jose Manue...

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