Issue No. 10

The first EU-Watch since Croa­t­i­a’s acces­sion is focused main­ly on cur­rent EU events and their affect on pub­lic opin­ion in the EU mem­ber states. The recent Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions in May 2014 saw rough­ly half of the elect­ed Mem­bers of Euro­pean Par­lia­ment lose their seats. Along with the rise of euroscep­ti­cism and eur­o­crit­i­cism the events in Ukraine have both affect­ed the pub­lic view of the EU and its poli­cies. The EU-28 Watch project cov­ers these and more issue in Euro­pean pol­i­tics. Research insti­tutes from across Europe, includ­ing the can­di­date coun­tries, give insight into pub­lic dis­course in their respec­tive countries.

Comparative Analyses

On the basis of all EU-28 Watch coun­try reports, researchers from the IEP have writ­ten com­par­a­tive analy­ses for each ques­tion bloc. The com­par­a­tive papers point out sig­nif­i­cant com­mon­al­i­ties and dif­fer­ences across par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries and pro­vide brief the­mat­ic outlooks.

This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March 2014. Most of the reports were deliv­ered in June 2014. This issue and all pre­vi­ous issues are avail­able on the EU-28 Watch web­site: www.eu-28watch.org.

The EU-28 Watch No. 10 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.