Political parties that are against the European Union are growing rapidly. They surged in the 2014 elections to the European parliament. Reactions to the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis and the Brexit referendum show that this is only the beginning of a transformation of politics as we know it. Increasingly, people choose a party based on their opinions on EU-integration, especially for those who are Eurosceptic, or against the EU. But the growing Eurosceptic parties are not just against the EU. In politics, we often speak of a spectrum ranging from ‘left’ to ‘right’. Eurosceptic parties can only be found at the extreme ends of this spectrum. We don’t really know if all Eurosceptic voters are equally radical. Those who are not, cannot vote for a party they agree with on Left/Right and EU-integration at the same time. This dilemma is central to the research project. Firstly, I show what Europeans’ opinions actually are on Left/Right and EU-integration. Second, I look at how those who remain ‘unserved’ deal with this dilemma when they vote. Do they simply resign from voting altogether? Do they switch parties, or do they divide their preferences over different votes in the regional, federal and European elections? It is important to solve this puzzle, because we generally assume that one political party can bundle all the different opinions of one voter. This may not be so evident when a new issue, such as EU-integration, enters the game of elections.
Effective start/end date1/10/1730/09/21

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  • European Union, Brexit

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