Static and dynamic views of European integration

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There is a theoretical and empirical need to distinguish between static support for the EU as it now is and dynamic support for further integration. Although most Europeans endorse the EU as a good thing today, the European Election Study finds no popular majority for an ever closer union, the commitment of EU institutions. Less than one-third endorses further integration and less than one-third thinks integration has gone too far. The largest group favours keeping the EU as it is. Their outlook reflects ambivalence; they see the EU as having both strengths and weaknesses. It does not reflect lack of EU knowledge or of socio-economic resources, as is the case with ‘don't knows’. While eurozone institutions are committed to further integration, most EU citizens are not. Likewise, there is no majority supporting eurosceptic demands for returning powers to national governments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-387
Number of pages18
JournalJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Issue number2
Early online date3 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2016


  • European integration
  • dynamic opinions
  • status-quo
  • ambivalence


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