it seems like most Europeans are "old europeans" while the few "new European" governments do not even represent their own population.
Most Europeans oppose war: poll
FOUR out of five Europeans are opposed to participation in a US-led war on Iraq without explicit United Nations backing, according to a poll.
According to the survey by pollsters EOS Gallup Europe, 82 per cent of European citizens would not support their countries' participating in a military intervention without UN support.
This figure is 75 per cent in the 13 countries waiting to join the EU - Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
A total of 15,080 people took part in the survey, conducted from January 21-27 by pan-European pollsters who often carry out similar studies for the European Commission.
It also reveals that 72 per cent of Europeans believe that Iraq's oil resources are the main reason behind Washington's desire to intervene militarily.
Just 41 per cent characterised US foreign policy as "positive," while 54 per cent thought it was "negative", the poll shows.
In the 15 EU states, about 55 per cent of citizens felt there was a real threat of terrorist attack in their countries, including 83 per cent in Britain, 70 per cent in Spain, 59 per cent in both France and Italy.
The figure dropped to 27 per cent in the 13 candidate countries.
Across the European continent, 70 per cent of people were "rather or very pessimistic" about the world's situation, the survey shows.
Four in five Europeans against joining Washington-led strike
January 31 2003
Brussels: Four out of five Europeans are opposed to participation in a United States-led war on Iraq without explicit United Nations backing, a new poll says.
The survey by EOS Gallup Europe found that 82per cent of European citizens would not support their countries participating in a military intervention without UN support.
This figure is 75per cent in the 13 countries waiting to join the European Union - Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
A total of 15,080 people took part in the pan-Europe survey, conducted from January21 to 27.
On Wednesday dozens of members of the European Parliament stood up during a debate on Iraq to demand that Washington back off from its threats of military action, waving English-language cards reading "No war for oil" and "Old Europe, yes".
The message was a pointed criticism of the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, who last week dismissed France and Germany as "old Europe" for their opposition to America's determination to launch a war against Iraq.
The impromptu demonstration in the 626-seat chamber, which was three-quarters full, came as the EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, briefed the MPs on the Iraq crisis.
"I was looking at some of these cards being held up so clearly by the members of the parliament," he said in an aside.
"Both fortunately and unfortunately, I'm talking to you as an 'old boy', because of everything that Europe is, was and will be," Mr Solana said to applause.
The EU's external relations commissioner, Chris Patten, an Englishman, recalled that his country had once "had a spot of trouble with one of our colonies on the other side of the Atlantic". "Speaking as a proud citizen of old Europe ... I've occasionally reflected that if King George [III] hadn't made such a mess of things, instead of fetching up as the last governor of Hong Kong I might have finished up as the governor of Arkansas or Texas," he said.
"But speaking as a citizen of old Europe, I think it's often wiser to raise a quizzical eyebrow than to return an insult."
The poll also revealed that 72per cent of Europeans believe that Iraq's oil resources are the main reason behind Washington's push for war.