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In this together? Support for European fiscal integration in the COVID-19 crisis

Authors
  • Bremer, Björn
  • Kuhn, Theresa
  • Meijers, Maurits J.
  • Nicoli, Francesco
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2024
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

European fiscal integration is highly controversial and is assumed to lead to a Eurosceptic backlash among the public. Yet, in a historical decision in July 2020, European governments agreed on the ambitious recovery package 'Next Generation EU', establishing an unprecedented fiscal stabilisation capacity to address the economic and healthcare challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We study the mass politics of European fiscal integration in a survey experiment on public support for a European Pandemic Recovery Fund (PRF) in five European countries in 2020. We find remarkably high support for a joint European fiscal instrument, which, however, is sensitive to policy design. While cross-country differences reflect collective self-interest, citizens' left-right orientations, their EU positions, and perceived economic risk from COVID-19 structure differences within countries.

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