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    Eurosceptic parties will have success in the 2014 European elections, but their impact in the European Parliament will be limited

Eurosceptic parties will have success in the 2014 European elections, but their impact in the European Parliament will be limited

One of the key issues in relation to the 2014 European Parliament elections is the potential for an unprecedented number of Eurosceptic and populist parties to secure seats. Simon Usherwood writes that while Eurosceptic parties such as UKIP in the UK, the Front National in France, and the PVV in the Netherlands may come out on top of their […]

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    British attitudes towards Europe are being shaped by new ways of thinking about identity and place

British attitudes towards Europe are being shaped by new ways of thinking about identity and place

The British population’s views of Europe are shaped by new ways of thinking about identity and place, often prompted by engagements with other people and culture. Unfortunately for the pro-Europe camp, large numbers remain pessimistic and see disengagement as the answer, argues Michael Skey.

Britain and Euroscepticism seem to go together like fish and chips. Polling data consistently show that Britain is the […]

Londoners are not little Englanders

Euroscepticism is far stronger in other areas of the UK, especially in areas of England, than it is in London. London’s economy, population and politics offer immediate reasons for this more comfortable view of the EU. The views held by Londoners of the EU should remind us that labelling the UK, or England, as ‘Eurosceptic’ overlooks how views of […]

The political opportunity space has widened since David Cameron set out to ‘detoxify’ the Tories, aiding the rise of UKIP

A theoretical model formulated by Renee Buhr examines the opportunity space provided to extremist parties in gaining votes. In 2005, The Conservative Party’s decision to back away from a stridently anti-integration and right-wing position may have opened a space for UKIP to exploit, and the party has done so successfully. Does this mean that the Conservative Party needs to move rightward […]

From British Euroscepticism to Euroscepticism in Britain: Anti-EU sentiment is much stronger among those with a more exclusive English sense of national identity

Looking at data showing voting intentions for an in/out EU referendum coupled with self-described national identity, Richard Wyn Jones finds that England is the most Eurosceptic part of Britain and the English the most Eurosceptic national group. In England, those with a more exclusively British sense of national identity are in fact the most pro-European and UKIP is concentrated among those with the most […]

Growing discontent within the European Union provides an opportunity for Cameron for reform

Recent surveys suggest that Euroscepticism in Britain is most highly associated with those identifying as English. Adam Evans argues, however, that it is important to take a broader view of public attitudes to the EU. Declining levels of confidence in the institutions and policies of the Union and the repositioning of formerly enthusiastic integrationists like the Dutch and Germans appear to offer Cameron a […]

Rising Euroscepticism is positively linked to increased support for radical right-wing parties

Support for the EU has fallen in several European countries since the beginning of the financial crisis. Han Werts, Marcel Lubbers and Peer Scheepers assess the political effects of this rise in Euroscepticism using data from the European Social Survey. Their analysis shows that the probability of voting for radical right-wing parties increases substantially with levels of Euroscepticism. In many […]

Euroscepticism is rooted in a broader authoritarian worldview that also includes higher levels of nationalism and hostility to ‘outsiders’

What factors are likely to lead to citizens opposing European integration? Erik R. Tillman notes that a number of recent studies have attempted to explain opposition to the EU in terms of social identity. Drawing on these studies, he argues that those who oppose the EU are likely to subscribe to a particular ‘authoritarian’ worldview which includes a predisposition towards […]

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