What Do Voters Think About the EU and the Referendum Question?

Public opinion on the EU varies in the different parts of the UK, and views within each of the UK nations have shifted markedly since the Common Market Referendum in 1975, writes Charlie Jeffery. He suggests that identity could play an important role in voters’ decisions at the EU referendum, and that the outcome could […]

How Did We Get Here? A Brief History of Britain’s Membership of the EU

The shape of the UK’s relations with the EU has been defined by its unique historical understanding of its place in the world, writes Daniel Kenealy. He argues that, more recently, the increasing Eurosceptic dimension of the Conservative party and the electoral threat from UKIP combined to make a referendum on membership a likely eventuality. […]

The Silent Majority or Just Under-Represented? Social Media and the EU Referendum

As part of the Imagine Europe project, Clare Llewellyn and Laura Cram compare election polling with Twitter data to explore how accurate a reflection discussion on social media gives of public opinion on the EU more generally. Latvian Presidency Review, European Parliament, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 Poll data isn’t always reliable. As we all remember, polling data from […]

Towards Brexit? The UK’s EU Referendum

The upcoming EU referendum has brought about a different kind of political debate in the UK, and the need for facts and analysis to sort through the many issues at stake is clear, writes Anthony Salamone. He sets out an open invitation to the University of Edinburgh’s new free online course which will guide participants […]

The Dutch Ukraine Referendum That Was Never Really About Ukraine

The recent Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which rejected the agreement, was more an expression of Euroscepticism than an evaluation of the actual deal, write David Bokhorst and Bogdan Koetsier. They argue that the role of referendums should be reconsidered, particularly in foreign policy, as part of a wider discussion of how democracy […]

European Commissioners and Their Cabinets: Government Influence is Limited

While many elements of the European Commission have been the object of study, commissioners themselves and their cabinets have been less so, writes Renke Deckarm. He argues that, contrary to common belief, governments have limited influence over their commissioners’ cabinets or their approach in the Commission once appointed. Juncker Commission College Meeting – Nov 2015, […]

From the Czech Republic to ‘Czechia’: Shaping Modern Identity

The recent announcement that the Czech Republic will adopt a shorted name, ‘Czechia’, is the product of decisions made by political elites without public input, writes Jan Čulík. He suggests that the debate which has followed, both within the country and internationally, is a testament to the uncertainty many people feel about their political identities […]

NATO’s Role in the Refugee Crisis: Building Bridges with the EU

The activities that NATO has undertaken to address the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean focus on intelligence and surveillance, and are designed to complement the efforts of the EU and Turkey, writes Nina Græger. She argues that the operation builds on years of informal cooperation between the EU and NATO, and that the current partnership […]