As part of TIME's exploration of European youth, we surveyed 21- to 35-year-olds in Britain, France, Germany and Italy about their hopes, habits and hang-ups. The results depict a generation in transition, propelled by globalization into ever closer political and economic union but still firmly rooted in national and local identities. Though young Europeans share some of the same worries about biotechnology and the environment, what really binds them together is an avid embrace of change.
To what extent do you support or oppose the current trend of globalization?
Three in 10 young Europeans positively support the trend toward open markets and free trade, but almost as many are actively against it
More than a third of Italians support globalization, followed closely by the Germans. The French and British are least in favor
In Britain, supporters believe globalization will increase the speed and efficiency of doing business; the French also view the trend as benefiting the economy by hastening the progress of technology
The loss of national sovereignty and too much power put in the hands of a few large global players are the main reasons for opposing globalization across all four countries
Survey for TIME by MORI. Results are based on 1,225 face-to-face interviews conducted during February and March 2001