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    Is a Nexit now on the cards? What the UK’s referendum means for the Netherlands

Is a Nexit now on the cards? What the UK’s referendum means for the Netherlands

One of the issues raised by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union is the effect it could have on Eurosceptic movements in other countries, with other referendums on EU membership a possibility. Simon Otjes considers the impact Brexit is having in the Netherlands. He suggests that while there will now be far greater scrutiny over European integration, it […]

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Why did voters choose Brexit?

The UK voted to leave the European Union in its referendum on 23 June. Sara B. Hobolt writes that although the result has come as a shock to Britain and the rest of Europe, the signs were there that the leave campaign could win and the discontent among British voters is mirrored in many other countries across Europe.

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    Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, announced his resignation on 5 May. Didem Buhari-Gulmez writes that the resignation reflected a wider split within Turkey over the need for security-oriented policies, the validity of the deal between Turkey and the EU over refugees, and the aim of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to move the country toward a presidential political system.  […]

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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.

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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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    Understanding Euroscepticism: How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

Understanding Euroscepticism: How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

The UK’s referendum on EU membership may well be one of the main stories of 2016, with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently suggesting that it could be held as early as the summer. Montserrat Guibernau writes on how we can conceive of Euroscepticism in both the UK and other EU countries. She writes that understanding Euroscepticism requires […]

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    What the Danish ‘no’ vote on Justice and Home Affairs means for Denmark and the EU

What the Danish ‘no’ vote on Justice and Home Affairs means for Denmark and the EU

Danish voters opted to reject a proposal to eliminate Denmark’s current opt-outs in EU Justice and Home Affairs cooperation in a referendum on 3 December. Henrik Larsen writes on what the vote means for Denmark and the rest of the EU. He argues that while the referendum may not precipitate a major change in Danish EU policy, it will […]

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    How rising Euroscepticism could affect future EU budget revenue negotiations

How rising Euroscepticism could affect future EU budget revenue negotiations

A number of Eurosceptic parties across the continent have called for the EU budget to be reduced. Giacomo Benedetto writes that although Euroscepticism does not always coincide with support for cutting the budget, the existence of Eurosceptic parties in several states could pose a serious problem for future budget negotiations. He highlights that based on the outcomes of previous negotiations, Euroscepticism […]

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    United by Reformation: Why northern European Euroscepticism is rooted in religious history

United by Reformation: Why northern European Euroscepticism is rooted in religious history

Why is public opinion in some countries principally pro-European while largely eurosceptic in others? Although the debate on EU integration has mainly formed around economic and identity-based arguments, Margarete Scherer draws on the European Social Survey to highlight religion as another dimension. She suggests political culture is explained in part by historical associations between church and state, and that the […]

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    Five minutes with Catherine de Vries: “The left is now split over whether they simply oppose the EU’s policies or oppose what the EU stands for overall”

Five minutes with Catherine de Vries: “The left is now split over whether they simply oppose the EU’s policies or oppose what the EU stands for overall”

How has opposition to the European Union changed in light of the Greek debt crisis, the UK’s planned referendum on EU membership, and the migration crisis in the Mediterranean? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Catherine de Vries discusses the impact the UK’s referendum might have on the continent, the nature of left-wing Euroscepticism, and why immigration […]

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    Why some parties respond to Eurosceptic public opinion while others don’t

Why some parties respond to Eurosceptic public opinion while others don’t

Several countries have experienced a rise in Eurosceptic public opinion since the start of the financial crisis, but what effect does this change in attitudes have on the platforms of political parties? Christopher Williams presents findings from a study of party positions in European Parliament elections. He writes that while some parties do respond to Eurosceptic public opinion by […]

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    Right-wing citizens in right-wing countries dislike the EU, but right-wing citizens in left-wing countries support European integration

Right-wing citizens in right-wing countries dislike the EU, but right-wing citizens in left-wing countries support European integration

How does the economic context within a country affect support for the European Union? John Garry and James Tilley present results of a study on the way in which the views of right-wing and left-wing citizens are shaped by the economic context within EU states. The findings show that those with right-wing opinions tend to have lower support for […]

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    Excluding the growing camp of Eurosceptics from the EU’s corridors of power could prove fatal in the long run

Excluding the growing camp of Eurosceptics from the EU’s corridors of power could prove fatal in the long run

The 2014 European Parliament elections saw an unprecedented level of support for Eurosceptic parties. Oliver Treib writes that the Eurosceptic vote cannot be dismissed as a short-term protest against unpopular governments. Instead, he argues that fundamental worries about the effects of EU policies and general dissatisfaction with mainstream politics lie at the heart of the Eurosceptic success. The selection […]

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    The European Parliament elections may be a landmark for Eurosceptics, but the EU’s future direction will be decided elsewhere

The European Parliament elections may be a landmark for Eurosceptics, but the EU’s future direction will be decided elsewhere

The European Parliament elections on 22-25 May are expected to see a large increase in seats for Eurosceptic parties across a number of EU countries. Seamus Nevin writes that while a result of this nature would prompt a wide debate about the quality of EU democracy, the key decisions shaping Europe’s future will nevertheless be made elsewhere. The real […]

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    The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens

The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens

One of the key innovations in the 2014 European Parliament election campaign has been the inclusion of televised debates between candidates for the next President of the European Commission. Nick Anstead assesses the debates which have taken place so far. He writes that while televised debates are a good option for improving citizen engagement with the campaign, the discussions […]

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    The rise of Euroscepticism across Europe has masked general apathy about the European elections among voters

The rise of Euroscepticism across Europe has masked general apathy about the European elections among voters

Marine Le Pen’s Front National and Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom have announced that they intend to form a ‘Eurosceptic alliance’ in the European Parliament after the 2014 European elections. Duncan McDonnell writes that while the overall picture in the European elections will see Eurosceptic parties make gains in their overall vote share, they will have a fairly limited […]

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