Portuguese people have lost faith in their political parties, are less satisfied with the EU and are among the most pessimistic in Europe, according to a four-month study carried out by Diário de Notícias and local research group the Foundation Francisco Manuel dos Santos.

According to the study, Portuguese people’s faith in their political parties has tumbled from 18 per cent in November last year to 9 per cent in May 2013 – compared to a European average of 19.6 per cent. Maltese citizens have the most faith in their politicians, with 46 per cent saying they they still trusted their elected representatives.