Catherine E. de Vries

Could Brexit be a unifying moment for Europe?

While Britain’s decision to leave the EU has been framed as a negative development for the integration process, some observers have argued that it could allow the other member states to pursue closer integration in the UK’s absence. Catherine De Vries writes that although previous crises have indeed generated significant leaps forward in European integration, the opposition evident in […]

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Our top 5 interviews of 2015

To mark the end of the year we’ve compiled the top five EUROPP interviews from the last year – measured by visits.

“The Eurozone has become a glorified debtors’ prison”

With no lasting solution yet found for dealing with Greek debt, and economies in the Eurozone continuing to suffer from weak growth, how can Europe finally solve the problems brought on […]

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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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    Voters’ political knowledge and the salience they attach to issues influence how effectively they can hold governments to account

Voters’ political knowledge and the salience they attach to issues influence how effectively they can hold governments to account

Judging governments on the basis of their performance is a fundamental aspect of democracy, but what factors influence how effectively voters can hold governments to account? Catherine E. de Vries, drawing on new research, argues that voter sophistication and issue salience each play a key role. Her findings illustrate that voters with a high level of political sophistication, such as […]

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