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Tuesday, 21st July 2015

Major Changes in European Public Opinion with Regard to the European Union

Source: European Parliament

From Main Findings:

The impact of the economic context on opinions about the European Union follows a complex mechanism.

The onset of economic crises does not systematically result in a fall in opinions about the European Union (at least not initially): we see this in the case of the oil crisis of the 70s, the slowing down of the economy in the early 2000s associated with the bursting of the Internet bubble, and even in the case of the financial crisis since 2008.

Initially, the European Union appears in fact as a bulwark against the crisis. The indicators of support for the EU (opinions on membership of one’s country, trust in the EU, image) do not improve, but they resist.

Europeans seem to react more when the effects of these crises appear to be more ‘specific’ and likely to affect them directly. Opinions about the European Union did indeed go down significantly in the periods of monetary instability in both the 70s and the 90s; since 2008, it was when the economic and financial crisis became a debt crisis with a big increase in unemployment in certain Member States, that we saw a rise in negative opinions about the Union (from 2010 onwards).

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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