Kaleidoscope Euroscepticism: anti-European attitudes among people, politicians and parties across the EU

Graham Hills 512
Time Slot: 
Monday 10th April 16:15 - 17:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Professor Thomas Scotto (University of Strathclyde)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Craig McAngus (University of Aberdeen )
  • Dr Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey)
  • Dr Laura Polverari (University of Strathclyde)
  • Dr Antonella Seddone (University of Turin)
  • Dr Arianna Giovannini (De Montfort University)
  • Miss Benedetta Carlotti (Scuola Normale Superiore)
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The political developments in many European countries, most recently the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom, have made the extent of the diffusion of anti-European feelings across the EU starkly visible. Electoral data, both relating to European Parliament and to national and subnational elections, confirm this widespread anti-EU turn, while politicians, especially from the right, are embracing more and more overt anti-EU, nationalistic narratives. This poses questions for the European project, since the leaderships of European institutions (e.g. Juncker v. Tusk) and Member States are split on how the EU should reform itself, and on the direction and substance of change. Far from being a homogeneous phenomenon, this generalised rise of Eurosceptic sentiments is also altering the diverse political systems and polities of the Member States. This panel aims to shed light on the Eurosceptic ‘challenge’ from the three distinct perspectives of: individuals’ attitudes; political narratives of party leaders; and MEPs behavior.