Tribes of Europe, a new piece of research by Chatham House’s Europe Programme, explores cross-national attitudes to the future of the EU. The panel analyse the make-up of these tribes.
After a decade dominated by political and economic challenges – from the Euro crisis, to managing flows of refugees, to Brexit – the debate in Europe has turned towards the long term future of the European Union. Frequently, this discussion has been reduced to a binary debate: 'more' or 'less', 'open' or 'closed', 'leave' or 'remain.' But what sort of EU do people in Europe really want?
Tribes of Europe, a new piece of research by Chatham House’s Europe Programme, explores cross-national attitudes to the future of the EU. Drawing on a major survey of public attitudes in ten EU countries, it identifies six political 'tribes' across Europe that transcend national boundaries and whose members share similar opinions and life experiences, traversing a spectrum from ‘EU Rejecters’ through to ‘Federalists.’ Our panel analyse the make-up of these tribes and ask what policymakers and the institutions of the EU can do to connect and engage productively with these disparate groups.