Europe’s future: what do the public and the elite really think?

A recently published Chatham House report examines the crucial divergence in attitudes towards the future of the EU between the general public and a unique sample of Europe’s ‘elites’. The study is based on a major 10-country survey, conducted earlier in 2017. Among the findings, the analysis highlights areas of alignment and disconnect between the public and elite, a lack of consensus among the elite on important questions about the EU’s direction and the implications of these results for the future of the EU.

In this session, the authors will discuss these results in the wider political context of increasing division in the EU and consider their significance for EU policymaking post-Brexit. To what extent do the public and ‘elite’ attitudes diverge? What is distinctive about the results for the different countries? And how might these attitudes be changed?

Professor Matthew Goodwin, research investigator, The UK in a Changing Europe and visiting senior fellow, Europe programme, Chatham House

Professor David Cutts, associate fellow, Europe programme, Chatham House

Chair: Thomas Raines, research fellow and Europe programme manager, Chatham House

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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