Perspectives, views and comments using EUENGAGE  results

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If we really want to reform EU migration policies, we should look to the public

Danilo di Mauro and Vincenzo Memoli 

The public’s role in European integration of immigration policy has become central in recent electoral contests around the EU. But can public opinion really make a difference? Can it influence political elites’ decision-making on such a highly politicised issue?


National elites and EU economic governance: the art of cherry-picking solidarity

Francesco Marangoni and Luca Verzichelli

All the classic visions of European integration have been built on the idea of an «Elite project». And all the elite-centred visions of a closer European Union have been historically conceived assuming that economic integration would have had lots of positive effects on political integration.


Mind the gap: effects of online deliberation on the EU public-elite divide

Linda Basile and Francesco Olmastroni

These are difficult times for the European Union. The refugee and the financial crises, the security threats coming from neighbouring countries, as well as Brexit, are putting both European values and the political system under strain.


More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter

Akitaka Matsuo and Kenneth Benoit

Social media, especially the micro-blogging platform Twitter, has received a great deal of attention lately as a platform for political communication. Social media is an increasingly important arena for political interests advocating their views, or campaigning for office or policy.


Italy’s election: a shock or a shake for the European Union?

Linda Basile

On June 1, 2018 the new Italy’s coalition government has been finally sworn in, after a political crisis that lasted 88 days.


How the Populist Right Is Redrawing the Map of Europe

Andre Tartar

If 2017 looked like the year when moderate politicians took back Europe, look again. The election of centrist French President Emmanuel Macron and the reelection of German Chancellor Angela Merkel mask a rising tide of anti-immigrant and populist sentiment that is sweeping aside or weakening mainstream party politics across the continent.


Hungary and Poland’s anti-democratic turn: a new era or more of the same?

Jan Rovny

Reforms affecting the independence of courts and the media in Hungary and Poland have received significant attention in recent months. But to what extent do these developments constitute a genuine shift in the nature of Hungarian and Polish politics?


What is making it so difficult for Greece’s ruling coalition to govern effectively?

As everyone knows, Greece is in trouble. Among other things, its far-left and far-right parties have come together to form a government — even though one of the few things they have in common is skepticism about the European Union.



EU citizens who express fear about immigration are keener to delegate the issue to the EU’s institutions


The migration crisis that began in 2015 prompted a debate over whether the EU’s institutions or national governments should take the lead in managing the crisis. But how do citizens’ attitudes toward immigration affect their views on transferring powers to Brussels to deal with the issue?


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