Paper/ European Public Opinion on the Challenges and Future of EU Foreign and Security Policy by Rossella Borri, Pierangelo Isernia, Carlotta Mingardi & Francesco Olmastroni

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JOINT multi-country survey on Public Opinion and EU Foreign and Security Policy was run in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Poland and has revealed three main points on the topic:

  1. The EU is seen by the public as an international, though ineffective, actor, and there is a desire for it to have a bigger role in international affairs.
  2. There is a strong demand for more EUFSP. However, questions about the optimal combination of national and EU powers and what the relationship with the US and NATO should look like persist.
  3. The results on the Russia-Ukraine war reveal a potential dissonance between thoughts and concrete predispositions. Majorities are ready to side with Ukraine in the war, except for Greece.

This Report has been prepared by Rossella Borri (Senior Researcher, University of Siena), Pierangelo Isernia (Full Professor of Political Science, University of Siena), Carlotta Mingardi (Post-Doc Researcher, University of Siena) & Francesco Olmastroni (Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Siena)

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