Europe Social Unrest Looms
Many Europeans worry that high inflation due to the current energy crisis could fuel social unrest, protests, and strikes, according to a new survey in France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
Photo Insert: Apart from Scandinavian Airlines, the London railways, the Port of Hamburg in Germany was also hit by large-scale workers' strikes.
Conducted by pollster YouGov for the non-profit organization More in Common, the survey showed that the cost of living has become the most important issue for Europeans in the four countries polled, according to Euronews.
A majority of people surveyed in all four countries said they were worried about social unrest in the coming months. In France, four in ten people said they wanted to see a return of the Yellow Vests protest movement.
Europeans are also feeling the impact of the energy crisis. One in five people surveyed said they were drawing down from their savings while one in ten said they were skipping meals, the survey showed.
"Many are already struggling to cope; having to draw from savings or skip meals, particularly among disengaged and low-trust segments of the population," according to the report from More in Common entitled Navigating the Cost of Living Crisis.
"The vast majority believe this won't be a short crisis, with many seeing no end in sight."
A majority of those surveyed in Poland and Germany said they were shopping around for better deals on groceries. A majority of those surveyed said they expected to cut down on heating this winter due to high energy prices.