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The Volkswagen Stiftung awards 1.5 million euro to project that studies how the COVID-19 pandemic affects Eurosceptic attitudes, solidarity with fellow Europeans and the electoral performance of Eurosceptic parties.

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People compare national and EU responses and take cues from domestic governments, political parties and the media when forming opinions about the EU. The project COVIDEU will study the impact of the pandemic on these opinions through six work packages that are clustered around three main questions:

  1. How have the policy measures adopted by national governments and EU institutions affected eurosceptic attitudes, European solidarity and the performance of Eurosceptic parties?
  2. How have political actors, governments, political parties and social movements, influenced EU support? 
  3. How have media framing and fake news influenced public support?

 To answer these questions, an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars from political science, sociology and economics will use an original multi-method approach combining survey, observational and geocoded data with natural, survey and field experiments as well as innovative natural language processing technologies.

The team will hire three postdoctoral researchers and two PhD students, one of which will be based at the University of Amsterdam.

Consortium

Heike Kluever (Humboldt University Berlin), Sara Hobolt (London School of Economics), Theresa Kuhn (University of Amsterdam), Toni Rodon (Pompeu Fabra University) and Michal Krawczyk (University of Warsaw)