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A new Eurobarometer survey finds that of all 28 EU members states, support for membership in the bloc in a Brexit-like referendum is weakest in Italy, where a Euroskeptic government is currently in power.

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Adapted from Parlemeter 2018; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The big picture: The EU has seen a rise in Euroskeptic parties leading up to and continuing after the Brexit vote. But even as these parties accumulate power in countries like Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the share of Europeans who would currently vote to leave the EU does not breach 40% in any country. Frustration with the bureaucracy of Brussels doesn't appear to be enough for any country to endure the procedural nightmare we've seen from Brexit negotiations.

  • Italy's populist coalition has clashed with the EU over its deficit-busting budget proposal. The migration burden Italy has taken on since 2015 has also fueled attitudes of discontent toward Brussels.
  • This poll shows the "Remain" camp in the U.K. 18 points ahead of "Leave" — contrasting sharply with the results of the Brexit referendum, which Leave won by close to 4%. But two and a half years later, demographic changes and the lack of a breakthrough on Brexit negotiations may have changed voter attitudes, causing frustration that peaked Saturday when 700,000 protesters marched through London calling for a "People's Vote."
  • Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands — despite seeing far-right parties make gains in recent elections — remain staunch believers in the European project.

What to watch: A possible coalition of Euroskeptics led by Hungary's Viktor Orban and Italy's Matteo Salvini could cause major problems for Brussels if they perform well in next May's European Parliament election.

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Instagram's boss faces Congress' questions on harm to teens

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The head of Instagram will find himself in Congress' crosshairs for the first time Wednesday in the one area lawmakers have shown they are willing to pass tech regulations — protecting youngsters online.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats have found common ground in grilling tech companies on how their products harm children, especially after revelations in The Wall Street Journal about Instagram's potential harm to the mental health of teen girls.

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Public health officials are warning that the U.S. may be on the verge of a dangerous double whammy: COVID and flu, spreading simultaneously.

The big picture: The Delta variant is still circulating across the U.S., and the Omicron variant isn't far behind. On top of that, experts see potential warning signs of a bad flu season, which could leave millions of Americans vulnerable and strain health care resources.

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Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."