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    The Polish Catholic Church has become intertwined with Euroscepticism and the promotion of conservative “national values”

The Polish Catholic Church has become intertwined with Euroscepticism and the promotion of conservative “national values”

After a surge of support in the Presidential and General Elections last year, the right-wing national conservative Law and Justice Party now dominates Polish politics. In this post, Simona Guerra explores the government’s relationship with the Polish Church and its role in fuelling religious Euroscepticism and supporting draconian abortion laws. She writes that the close alliance shows there are mutual benefits and […]

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    Are extroverts more Eurosceptic? How personalities shape attitudes toward the EU

Are extroverts more Eurosceptic? How personalities shape attitudes toward the EU

What determines the attitudes of citizens toward the EU? Based on a recent study, Bert Bakker assesses the impact that different types of personality have on EU attitudes. He finds that when survey evidence is compared, there is a clear link between different traits, such as extroversion and agreeableness, and views on the EU.

Citizens differ profoundly in their attitudes […]

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    Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

How do economic platforms interact with support for European integration? Harmen van der Veer and Simon Otjes write that the dynamics within the European Parliament have undergone a shift since the beginning of the Eurozone crisis. Whereas in previous periods the key divide in the Parliament centred on left/right issues, opposition to European integration has now become intertwined with […]

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    The representation gap: Why ignoring Euroscepticism has opened the door for extremist parties

The representation gap: Why ignoring Euroscepticism has opened the door for extremist parties

How should mainstream parties react to increasing Euroscepticism among voters? Robert Rohrschneider and Stephen Whitefield argue that the failure of mainstream parties to alter their positions on European integration in light of these shifts in public opinion has left a significant representational gap for extreme anti-integration parties to fill. They notice a difference between western European and eastern European […]

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    Whatever its outcome, the Brexit referendum is likely to strengthen anti-EU rhetoric in Italy

Whatever its outcome, the Brexit referendum is likely to strengthen anti-EU rhetoric in Italy

What impact is the UK’s EU referendum likely to have on Italian politics? Bruno Marino and Nicola Martocchia Diodati see few chances for the referendum to reinforce the position of pro-EU parties in Italy, irrespective of its outcome. With Euroscepticism on the rise in Italy, even a win for the Remain campaign could bolster stances critical of further European […]

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    A cross-European platform to undermine the EU? Eurosceptic parties cooperate to create a vision for ‘another Europe’

A cross-European platform to undermine the EU? Eurosceptic parties cooperate to create a vision for ‘another Europe’

The Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group was formed in 2015 as a collaboration between Eurosceptic and anti-immigration parties in the European Parliament, including Marine Le Pen’s Front National, Italy’s Lega Nord, Vlaams Belang from Belgium, the Freedom Party of Austria, and Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom. Marta Lorimer writes on the first convention held by the ENF […]

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