In February, 2013 EUROPP launched new series on Euroscepticism. This series is the result of a collaboration between EUROPP, LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog and the University of Nottingham’s Ballots & Bullets blog.
Leaving the EU will not only fail to secure what Eurosceptics desire but would likely make the UK’s position worse
Seamus Nevin argues that the UK would still be strongly influenced by the EU even if it were to leave, contrary to what many Eurosceptics imagine. Moreover, it would find itself with much less power on the outside, which is important when considering that the EU is far from perfect and in need of reform. To ensure a bright future, the UK must be at the […]
Robert Grimm and Marius Guderjan argue that Germany’s relative economic well-being and prosperity partly explains the continuous support of the German people for the European project. However, there has been a growth in euroscepticism in the country in recent years. Whilst history might have made Germans more idealistic about the EU’s value to unite a continent that underwent centuries of wars […]
The recent political history of Greece highlights the risk that the euro might become unaffordable for the mass of Europeans
The Greek MYPLACE team at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences reflect on the recent political history of Greece. They argue that the unfolding of the ‘Grexit’ discourse, which equates the common currency with recessionary austerity measures, holds important lessons about the broader direction of travel within the Eurozone. For the last three years Greek society has been experiencing an economic, […]
Support for EU membership in Croatia has fallen dramatically since accession negotiations began in 2003
This summer, Croatia is due to become the 28th member state of the European Union. But how do Croatians feel about EU membership? Renata Franc, Vanja Medjugorac and the project MYPLACE team report that support for EU membership in Croatia has fallen dramatically since accession negotiations began in 2003. They attribute this fall in support to the lack of public […]
Though currently indifferent, young Germans may begin to reject the EU if economic conditions worsen.
As part of our Euroscepticism collaboration, Britta Busse, Alexandra Hashem-Wangler and Jochen Tholen look at the attitudes of young Germans towards the EU. Using in-depth interviews, they find that while German youth are generally positive about European integration, they feel that the EU needs Germany more than Germany needs the EU. They also warn that a deterioration in the economic […]
Until relations between citizens and states improve in individual nations, it is unlikely that we will see a decline in Euroscepticism
With each passing month of crisis, the transnational solidarity on which the European project depends looks ever more unstable. Domonkos Sik uses Hungary as a case study to argue that attitudes towards the European Union are shaped by the degree of trust which characterises relations between citizens and the state at a national level. It increasingly seems as if the prolonged […]
The Eurozone crisis has increased soft Euroscepticism in Greece, where Greeks wish to remain in the euro, but no longer trust the EU.
Nearly six years of recession have taken their toll on Greece, and the country is now facing difficult austerity measures from the EU, the IMF, and the European Central Bank. But what has austerity meant for Euroscepticism in the country? Using Eurobarometer statistics, Kyriaki Nanou and Susannah Verney find that while there is now a deep distrust of the EU […]
Last month the advice from a senior US official that Britain should stay in the EU received widespread media attention. Katrina Kelly offers an analysis of the EU from an American perspective, suggesting that the future relationship between the US and EU will be central for the economic vitality of both. Eurosceptiscm is gaining attention and support in the UK, and […]
The power of Euromyths shows that there needs to be a more substantial effort to change the debate on the EU.
From bans on oddly shaped bananas, to children blowing up balloons, so-called ‘Euromyths’ have become a pervasive part of the UK media’s reporting of EU policies. Simon Usherwood takes an in-depth look at the place of Euromyths in the public debate on the EU, finding that they are much harder to stop than to start. While it is important to […]
David Cameron’s EU referendum pledge may not guarantee a Conservative victory in the next UK general election
As part of our collaborative project exploring contemporary Euroscepticism, Tim Bale offers an analysis of recent European events and their implications for both the UK political scene and the internal politics of the Conservative party. Conservatives clearly care an awful lot – some would say too much – about Europe. But most of them care even more about winning elections. […]
The prevalence of Euroscepticism within the UK electorate is widely claimed yet Stuart Fox argues that it is not borne out by the facts. The nature of such attitudes is more complex than the Europhile/Eurosceptic dichotomy suggests and their distribution varies across demographic groups. Endless speculation about the rise of UKIP, the threat they pose to the chances of the Tories or Labour forming […]
Eurosceptic attitudes are widespread in the Nordic states, but there is a high level of variation between countries.
While the United Kingdom has been the focus for most discussions about Euroscepticism, citizens in the Nordic states have also displayed notable Eurosceptic attitudes. As part of our collaborative project exploring contemporary Euroscepticism, Benjamin Leruth assesses public opinion in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. He finds that attitudes vary significantly, with citizens tending to be particularly critical of European policies which […]
This week we will be launching a new series on Euroscepticism. This series is the result of a collaboration between LSE’s British Politics and Policy and EUROPP blogs and the University of Nottingham’s Ballots & Bullets.
Euroscepticism has been a growing issue in the media with David Cameron’s recent and long-awaited speech announcing his commitment to hold a referendum on […]