Lecture by Dr. Besir Ceka
Beginning in 2007, Europe plunged into a great economic and financial crisis that has had a profound impact in the lives of many citizens. The prolonged nature of the crisis, and the toll it has taken on EU citizens, has been reflected on public support for the EU. Since 2007, there has been a marked decrease in the number of Europeans who say they trust the EU or see their country’s membership in the EU as beneficial. What explains this drop in support for the EU and the idea of European integration? Did the austerity policies the EU imposed together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on several member countries help cause this drop? Has the ‘democratic deficit’ of the EU increased as a result of the crisis, as many euroskeptics advocate?
Dr. Ceka (PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a 2013 Max Weber Fellow at the European Union Institute and a lecturer at James Madison University, both in Florence, Italy. His research interests focus on public opinion, political behavior, European integration, international organizations, and post-communist politics. His work is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies and European Union Politics.