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Poland and the EU : from poster child of European integration to enfant terrible?

Lalee, Nabila (2019) Poland and the EU : from poster child of European integration to enfant terrible?

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Abstract:Poland joined the European Union in 2004, the year of the Union’s great enlargement. Ever since, Poland’s attitude towards the EU is shaped by new opportunities but also new challenges associated with EU membership. International media claims the change of Polish government in 2015 to mark a throwback for the relationship between Poland and Brussels. The latest developments in Poland are discussed in the context of a broader emerging Euroscepticism across Europe. The aim of this study is to examine how the nature and level of Polish Euroscepticism changed over time and in how far demographic characteristics as age influence attitudes towards the EU. Based on the reflection of existing theories on EU-attitudes, three dimensions of Euroscepticism are identified. Attitudes of the wider Polish population are investigated through statistical measures, based on empirical data of the Eurobarometer surveys between the years 2004 and 2018. Additionally, the analysis of this study examines Polish Euroscepticism and its development over time by reflection of media and scientific literature. The analysis indicates a shift towards eurosceptic ideas on the political level since 2015, based on concrete actions taken by the Polish government. However, statistical measures could not reveal a rise of eurosceptic attitudes in the wider Polish population. Furthermore, a significant difference in attitudes for the youth population in comparison to the general population could not be found.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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