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The divided continent: Understanding Europe’s social landscape in 2020 and beyond. European Policy Centre 11 February 2020

Gaston, Sophia (2020) The divided continent: Understanding Europe’s social landscape in 2020 and beyond. European Policy Centre 11 February 2020. UNSPECIFIED.

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    The political upheaval and dysfunction of recent years have focused political minds on better understanding the volatility underpinning European electorates. Interest in public opinion research has soared, yet it can be difficult to draw the findings of such surveys and focus groups into something meaningful and cohesive, from which genuine insights can be drawn. It is pertinent that policymakers at both the national and EU institutional levels grasp a clear and incisive idea of what is taking place culturally, socially and politically in EU member states, and that these tea leaves can be interpreted and harnessed to produce responsive, targeted policies. This research analysis report sets out the findings of a major survey conducted across 13 EU member states (i.e. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands), which were selected to provide a representative snapshot of the bloc as a whole. This survey was expansive in its scope and unique in its focus on social and cultural issues, as well as politics, leadership and economic security. The data is interpreted through three distinct themes, each of which is likely to play a critical role in Europe’s ‘mood music’ over its coming parliamentary term: nostalgia, intergenerational conflict and democratic legitimacy. These themes have become the subject of much amateur punditry, although institutional understanding of their complex nature is often shallow. Therefore, this paper seeks to shine a more evidenced-based contextual light around their formation and nuances of application.

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    Item Type: Other
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Poland, Spain, the Netherlands
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Austria
    Countries > Belgium
    Countries > Denmark
    Countries > Estonia
    Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > Greece
    Countries > Hungary
    Countries > Italy
    Countries > Netherlands
    Countries > Poland
    Countries > Spain
    Countries > Bulgaria
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Project Report
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2020 20:21
    Number of Pages: 62
    Last Modified: 23 Feb 2020 20:49

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