The Belgian politician, who has been an MEP for the previous 12 years, is extraordinarily vocal on Twitter over all issues surrounding the European Union. However Mr Verhofstadt has sparked a livid backlash from EU opponents after he spoke out in favour of the bloc. He was reacting to analysis posted on Twitter from an account named ‘European Moments’
It stated it has carried out a “latest polling wave” with the group eupinions – which “acquire, analyse and touch upon what the European public thinks about present political points and megatrends” – and political author and commentator Timothy Garton Ash.
This confirmed knowledge from France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Poland.
The analysis requested: “Do you establish as European?” This was most prevalent in Poland and Spain, however much less so in France amongst all of the nations featured.
The put up from European Moments, which accompanied a bar chart of the findings, learn: “Our latest polling wave with @eupinions and @fromTGA revealed fascinating cross-national variations in attitudes towards the #EU.
“In #France, respondents had been much less probably than common to say they recognized as European.”
Responding to those findings, Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “Folks cherish their European identification as a lot as they rejoice their extra tangible advantages, rights & freedoms.
“EU is tradition, society, values…”
However the outspoken Belgian MEP quickly sparked a livid backlash from EU opponents.
“You could be European and really feel that method.
“The EU (was financial, now it needs to handle and management all facets of our lives) just isn’t Europe.
“Immense distinction, which you conveniently neglect.
A fourth Twitter person added: Man, I cherish my English, and on a wider perspective my European identification.
“However I additionally assume the EU is a mission pressured onto folks, a mission that has had its day.
“There’s an awakening.”