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ESRC: Major new research across the EU has found that, even after 50 years of European integration, national party politics remains a relatively cold house for those interested in European affairs.
A team of international researchers, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reviewed party structures in 15 EU Member States. Their findings in six nations analysed to date, show that:
- parties give only limited resources to EU issues
- they still treat EU affairs as a matter of foreign policy and
- EU specialists, including MEPs, tend to be left in the cold when it comes to internal power-politics