The Italian 2014 EP election : a route to Euroscepticism?
Title: The Italian 2014 EP election : a route to Euroscepticism?
Author: MORINI, Marco
Citation: Julie HASSING NIELSEN and Mark FRANKLIN (eds), The eurosceptic 2014 European Parliament elections : second order or second rate?, London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 83-102
ISBN: 9781137586957; 9781137586964
Traditionally, Italians have always been considered as strongly europhile. However, in the most recent decade opinion polls and Eurobarometer data show that Italy is becoming one of the most eurosceptic European Union (EU) countries. This chapter analyzes current and past Italian attitudes toward the EU, it investigates correlations between the decrease in EU trust and the negative performance of the most relevant economic indicators, and it devotes a special focus to the Northern League, the ‘veteran’ of Italian eurosceptic parties. By means of a description of earlier European Parliament (EP) elections in Italy and an analysis of the 2014 party platforms, this chapter shows how—for the first time in the history of Italian EP elections—the 2014 EP elections in Italy centered around EU issues.
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