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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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