25 August 2016 | EPS | Projects

Causes and consequences of change in public opinion about Europe

EUROPINIONS is led by professor of Political Communication Claes de Vreese of the University of Amsterdam, and also EPS Theme Leader at ACCESS EUROPE. It studies the effects changes in communication have on people's opinions about Europe and the EU.

Public opinion towards European integration and the EU is divided, especially in light of the economic crisis. From being a consensual topic with stable and broad support, it is now a point of contention with rapidly changing opinions. The future of European integration requires public support, but not enough is known about what drives and changes this support. In Europinions De Vreese studies the causes and consequences of EU opinions. Opinions may change due to global developments, national politics and personal experiences, but also in response to new information from the (social) media and communication between people. The central question in this study is when, how, for whom and with what consequences communications affect changes in public opinion on Europe.


Five years


Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).

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