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What Greek political elites think about Europe and the crisis?: an exploratory analysis

Tsirbas, Yannis and Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A. (2015) What Greek political elites think about Europe and the crisis?: an exploratory analysis. GreeSE papers (93). Hellenic Observatory, European Institute, London, UK.

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In this paper the views of a sample of 74 Greek Members of Parliament (MPs) on European integration and the handling of the economic crisis by the EU are discussed and interpreted. The survey of MPs, which was conducted in 2014, is a replication of a comparable study conducted in 2007. Greek MPs continue to be attached to Europe, but evaluate negatively EU’s institutions’ role during the economic crisis. Overall, three groups of parliamentarians, namely pro-government MPs, parliamentarians self-placed at the centre of the left-right spectrum and more experienced MPs, tended to have more pro-European views and attitudes than MPs of the opposition, left-wing MPs and less experienced MPs. The dominant dimension of conflict for Greek political elites is the issue of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs). The SYRIZA-ANEL government that was formed after the January 2015 elections was not a surprise given the close proximity of these two parties on their stance towards the MoUs and the EU.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 10:22
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2021 00:35

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