A wider Europe? The view from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

Stephen White*, Julia Korosteleva, Ian McAllister

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    Abstract

    On the evidence of national surveys conducted between 2000 and 2006, there is a declining sense of European self-identity in the three Slavic post-Soviet republics of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Attitudes towards the European Union and the possibility of membership are broadly supportive, but with a substantial proportion who find it difficult to express a view, and substantial proportions are poorly informed in comparison with the general public in EU member or prospective member countries. Those who are better informed are more likely to favour EU membership and vice versa. Generally, socioeconomic characteristics (except for age and region) are relatively poor predictors of support for EU membership as compared with attitudinal variables. But 'Europeanness' should not be seen as a given, and much will depend on whether EU member countries emphasize what is common to east and west or establish 'new dividing lines' in place of those of the cold war.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-241
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
    Volume46
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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