The “crisis” is now five years old, and it’s the countries of Europe which have been hardest hit.
New phrases are now trending among our politicians and journalists, ones which were rarely mentioned during the “good times” of the pre-2008 period: “banking crisis”, “double-dip”, “austerity”, “eurozone crisis”. Meanwhile, some older phrases have returned, such as “rising unemployment” and “this recession”.
But what has the effect of all this been on the psyche of people across Europe? This is the subject matter of a major new Ipsos/CGI-Publicis research project. The six-nation survey gives us a panoramic view of the mood on the street in Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Germany, focusing specifically on the crisis and looking ahead to (one hopes) its aftermath.