EU contempt laid bare as Merkel and Macron ‘not in favour of England’ winning Euro 2020

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Many people in the EU’s four largest countries think that since Brexit, relations between British and European politicians have become less cordial. Many also think the EU is still determined to punish the UK for leaving. The findings in an exclusive survey for Euronews by Redfield and Wilton Strategies reflect the strained relations between the two sides – despite a Comprehensive Trade Agreement struck in December last year.

People in France, Germany, Italy and Spain were asked whether they thought the behaviour of British politicians towards the EU and its members had become more or less cordial, or had not changed after Brexit.

Across the four nations, more people replied “less cordial” than those who gave another answer: 51 percent in Spain, 43 percent in Italy, 39 percent in Germany and 37 percent in France.

The Euronews survey also finds that many people in the four EU countries agreed with the statement: “The European Union wants to punish the United Kingdom for leaving.”

In three nations, more people (Italy 35 percent, Spain 34 percent, France 33 percent) thought this was the case than those who disagreed.

In an exclusive interview with, Swedish MEP Peter Lundgren also agreed with the statement.

He said: “The EU is trying to make everything difficult for Britain.

“You see it in the debates in the chamber, they are disappointed and want to see an even stronger and ever bigger EU.

“Of course, they are not trying to make it easy for the UK.”

When asked if French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would want to see England winning the Euro 2020, Mr Lundgren said: “From the experience I have…

“I would say they would definitely not be in favour of England winning.

“They never like [it] when the UK is successful.”

On Saturday night in Rome, away from Wembley for the first time at Euro 2020, England put in their most dominant team performance yet, scoring four goals against Ukraine.

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Harry Kane opened the scoring after just four minutes as England started at pace.

The remaining goals did not come until the second half.

After the game, Alan Shearer, the former striker who was part of the last England team to reach a Euro semi-final in 1996, struggled to comprehend the ease with which the team had progressed.

He told BBC One: “Something special is happening.

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“We started the tournament slowly, we’ve been improving in every game. My head is telling me to calm down but my heart is getting carried away and long may it continue.

“What a performance, what a night, so many special performances.

“Sancho, Sterling, Shaw – how good was Luke Shaw? – Kane scoring, Maguire, Henderson… it’s endless. It’s really positive. Well done England, well done Gareth.”

This evening, England will play against Denmark in the semi-finals at Wembley.

The winner will then face Italy in the final on Sunday.

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