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Rallying around the EU flag: Russia's invasion of Ukraine and attitudes toward European integration

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  • Steiner, Nils D.
  • Berlinschi, Ruxanda
  • Farvaque, Étienne
  • Fidrmuc, Jan
  • Harms, Philipp
  • Mihailov, Alexander
  • Neugart, Michael
  • Stanek, Piotr

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This paper uses a survey among students at European universities to explore whether Russia's invasion of Ukraine has affected attitudes toward European integration. Some respondents completed the survey just before Russia's assault on February 24, 2022, and some did so just afterwards, thus delivering a quasi-experimental design situation, which we exploit. Our results suggest that the ominous news about the Russian attack increased the participants' interest in EU politics, consolidated their attachment to the EU, and made them more mindful and appreciative of the benefits of deeper European integration. In effect, the war so close to the EU Eastern border provoked a rally around the supranational EU flag, with convergence of public opinion toward shared European values.

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  • Steiner, Nils D. & Berlinschi, Ruxanda & Farvaque, Étienne & Fidrmuc, Jan & Harms, Philipp & Mihailov, Alexander & Neugart, Michael & Stanek, Piotr, 2022. "Rallying around the EU flag: Russia's invasion of Ukraine and attitudes toward European integration," BOFIT Discussion Papers 9/2022, Bank of Finland Institute for Emerging Economies (BOFIT).
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    Keywords

    European integration; attitudes; external threat; rally around the flag; Ukraine; Russia;
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    JEL classification:

    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy

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