The popularity of the European Union has risen to new levels, according to a Pew Research Centre report.

The highest score among the eight countries in the survey was in Germany, where 73 percent expressed support, while in Italy the score fell to 58 percent, the lowest in the Union.

Overall, the average was 66 percent in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Significantly, Poland and Hungary were not included in the survey. In both countries the EU’s popularity might well be much less.

Even in the UK, which left the bloc at the end of January 2020, 60 percent of respondents said they have a favourable view of the European Union.

Individual leaders Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France scored well, while the UK’s Boris Johnson trailed by a considerable margin. In the UK itself, trust in Johnson was 51 percent, much lower than confidence in both Macron (64 percent) and Merkel (76 percent).