‘Muddling through’ – the impact of European crises on Euroscepticism

From the Eurozone crisis to the migration crisis, the EU has “muddled through” various crises. But these crises have shaped the public’s attitude towards the EU and mobilised political parties in opposition to the EU. Although it has been suggested that opposition towards the EU is a temporary trend, Euroscepticism now seems to have become persistent and lasting.

Open Europe and academics from the University of Sussex-based European Parties Elections and Referendums Network (EPERN) in partnership with the European Social and Research Council ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative, are bringing together prominent speakers to discuss Euroscepticism and to consider; the effect of the various crises on Euroscepticism across Europe (including in France, Germany, and Poland) how Euroscepticism in Europe might impact the Brexit negotiations and where Brexit has impacted Euroscepticism.


  • Aarti Shankar, Policy Analyst, Open Europe
  • Professor Paul Taggart Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair, Director of the Sussex European Institute
  • Professor Jocelyn Evans Professor of Politics, University of Leeds
  • Professor Aleks Szczerbiak Professor of Politics and Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex
  • Dr Kai Oppermann Reader in Politics, University of Sussex
  • Moderator: Tanya Beckett, Business presenter, BBC World News

For more information and to register, click here. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

Venue: Open Europe, 1 Great George Street, London

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