The Economist’s first front page story of 2014 was entitled ‘Europe’s Tea Parties’. As the European Parliament elections approach, a debate is rumbling across Europe about changes in our politics, the pressures on traditional centrist parties from increasingly vocal extremists, and the practical policy impact of these trends.
The forthcoming elections will feed directly into these debates. Critical issues include: will UKIP become the largest British party in the European Parliament? Will the outcome of the elections have any significant impact on the 2015 general election? How will they affect the likelihood and timing of a UK referendum on EU membership? Will they have a significant impact on politics across Europe and on the development of the European Union itself, and if so, how?
We are delighted that two of Britain’s top pollsters, Peter Kellner and David Cowling, along with a leading academic expert on public opinion, Professor Catherine de Vries, will examine these – and related – issues in what promises to be an essential primer on the likely course of the debate before the May elections.
Peter Kellner, President, YouGov
David Cowling, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King's College London
Catherine de Vries, Professor of European Politics, University of Oxford
Jonathan Grant, Director, King's Policy Institute (Chair)
The Policy Institute at King's links insightful research with rapid, relevant policy analysis to stimulate forward-looking debate and shape future policy agendas.
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