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Unknown but trusted: the corrupt opportunists of Europe

•, Alain de Raymond
 Who do you trust the most: the European Commission or your national government? You will most likely answer the former, according to the latest Eurobarometer results . This is remarkable, because you can probably tell more about your national politicians. Why trust an institution you know less about, and especially the one that is often labeled the ‘corrupt money wasters in Brussels’?
These days, politicians do not suffer from an overdose of trust. For instance, only 13 percent of Romanians say they trust their government. This is no exception, in the whole Western world distrust towards politics is growing. This gives politicians less leeway to undertake action and is alarming because it is difficult to win trust back. As the Dutch saying goes, ‘trust comes by foot and leaves by horse’. At the same time, support for our democratic system seems to fade away, slowly but steadily.

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