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Is Europe no longer a second-order issue in national elections?

For a long time, the issue of European integration has generally played a marginal role in national elections – possibly with the exception of the UK. But this is changing.  Focusing on Italy, Open Europe’s Enea Desideri considers how and in what form the question of European integration has returned to the centre of the national political debate in the run up to the 4th March general election.

While several academics have stressed in the past the marginal role Europe played in national elections, the “sleeping giant” has now been woken (the term was coined by Van der Eijk and Franklin to describe the  potential – at the time still unfulfilled – that attitudes towards the EU have in mobilising political support).

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