How the COVID-19 pandemic affects Eurosceptic attitudes?

19 July 2021

We happily announce that prof. Michał Krawczyk from our Faculty will represent the University of Warsaw in the realisation of the European grant COVIDEU.

Within the “Challenges for Europe” Volkswagen Stiftung awards, the consortium represented by: Humboldt University Berlin, London School of Economics, University of Amsterdam, Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Warsaw received 1.5 million euro for the project COVIDEU.

The aim of the award-winning project is to study the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Eurosceptics, solidarity with other Europeans and the election results of Eurosceptics parties.

The researchers assume that opinions about the EU are based on cues from domestic governments, political parties and the media. 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 Consortium is represented by:

  • Prof. Heike Kluever - Humboldt University Berlin,
  • Prof. Sara Hobolt - London School of Economics,
  • Prof. Theresa Kuhn - University of Amsterdam,
  • Toni Rodon, Ph.D. - Pompeu Fabra University and
  • Prof. Michal Krawczyk - University of Warsaw.


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