Years of economic crisis and political turmoil have damaged the appeal of European integration among many of Europe’s citizens while undermining the political legitimacy of the EU’s institutions.
The EU is facing a political backlash. Britain has become the first country to vote to leave the bloc. Support for populist, nationalist, and anti-EU political parties has risen, and core aspects of European integration – including the single currency, the free movement of people, and the single market – are under attack from forces on both the left and the right.
The changing dynamics between and within ‘elite’ and popular opinion about the future of European integration are now a central aspect of European politics.
This project seeks to assess public and ‘opinion-former’ attitudes to European integration and the implications of these attitudes for future policy through a major 10 country survey. Results will be published in 2017.
The Europe Programme is grateful for the support of the ERSTE Stiftung, King Baudouin Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Stiftung Mercator.