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Article accepted in CJRES

Our article “Of losers and laggards: The interplay of material conditions and individual perceptions in the shaping of EU discontent,” with Jorge Díaz Lanchas (ICADE) & Filippo di Pietro (US), has just been accepted in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Abstract: Two principal strands of scholarship analyse the material roots of European Union (EU) discontent. Some focus on the effects of regional decline, while others examine
the role of individual socioeconomic factors. This paper brings these two
perspectives together. We argue that EU discontent is a multifaceted phenomenon
structured by the spatially-rooted interplay between individual and regional material
conditions and subjective perceptions. We apply PLS-SEM to Eurobarometer public
opinion data (2018-2019) and find that the geographical location and the
socioeconomic position shape EU discontent directly. However, material factors’
relevance for EU discontent is the greatest in structuring individual future
expectations. Furthermore, democratic dissatisfaction turns out to be a key factor,
pointing to the importance of institutional perceptions in the geography of discontent.

The pre-print will be available online shortly.

Paper at the 27th CES Conference of Europeanists

On June 21st, I will present the paper “Politics in Social and Digital Media in Europe: Preliminary Findings from the ValCon Survey” with the preliminary results of the ValCon survey at the CES Virtual 27th International Conference of Europeanists “Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias”

Panel: Value Conflicts in a Differentiated Europe and Beyond: Value Polarisation and the Digital Media

Chair: Stefan Wallaschek – Europe-University Flensburg

Impact of globalisation and liberalisation on rightwing populism in developing countries
Kavyanjali Kaushik – Carlos III University in Madrid

Politics in Social and Digital Media in Europe: Preliminary Findings from the ValCon Survey
Aleksandra Sojka – Carlos III University in Madrid
Juan Díez Medrano – Carlos III University in Madrid

How Emotions drive Polarization in Europe: The Role of Anger, Fear, and Ressentiment
Monika Verbalyte – Europe-University Flensburg

Value pluralism and value conflicts in a differentiated European Union
Hans-Jörg Trenz – University of Copenhagen
Monika Eigmüller – University of Flensburg

Discussant: Céline Teney – University of Göttingen



Media commentary (RTVE) on the visit of the Polish PM in Spain

I had the pleasure to discuss the visit of the Polish PM Morawiecki to Spain on the Spanish National Radio’s program dedicated to European politics “Europa Abierta”


EUROPA ABIERTA  España-Polonia: dos gobiernos antagónicos buscan entenderse


La XIII cumbre hispano-polaca se ha celebrado en Alcalá de Henares. España y Polonia mantienen una excelente relación económica y cultural, pero tienen puntos de vista diferentes en cuanto a la construcción de Europa. Son las diferencias que proceden de dos gobiernos de signo muy diferente.

En España, Pedro Sánchez, preside un ejecutivo de coalición progresista y muy proeuropeo. En Polonia, Mateusz Morawieczky está al frente de un ejecutivo ultranacionalista y de derecha que mantiene contenciosos con Bruselas. Sin embargo, en Alcalá se ha buscado tender puentes para el entendimiento dentro de la UE.

La profesora de la Universidad Carlos III, Alexsandra Sojka, de origen polaco, nos habla del momento social y político en el país del Este y de la relación bilateral con España. (31/05/21)

Article on Spanish euroscepticism published in SESP

Our article with Pepe Real on the development of public and party-based euroscepticism in Spain after the economic crisis has been published ahead of print in
South European Societies & Politics
. Details below:

José Real-Dato  & Aleksandra Sojka. 2020. “The Rise of (Faulty) Euroscepticism? The Impact of a Decade of Crises in Spain,” South European Societies and Politics, 

Euroscepticism in Spain has so far constituted a marginal phenomenon. A decade of political and economic crises could, however, be setting the stage for rising Spanish opposition to the European Union (EU). By analysing recent survey data and party manifestos, we verify to what extent this might be the case. We find that both public and party-based euroscepticism has gained ground in the traditionally euro-optimist Spanish context over the period under study. We argue, however, that such critical stances towards the EU do not constitute a fundamental turn against the process of integration in Spain. Rather, the country has witnessed the rise of ‘faulty’ euroscepticism rooted in the domestic political crisis.

Keywords: European integration, European Union, public opinion, political parties, party positions, political trust, Podemos, Vox