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‘We no longer love you, but we don’t want to leave you’: the Eurozone crisis and popular Euroscepticism in Greece

Clements, Ben; Nanou, Kyriaki; Verney, Susannah


Ben Clements

Kyriaki Nanou

Susannah Verney


This article analyses whether and how public opinion towards the European Union (EU) in Greece has changed in the context of the current Eurozone crisis. It provides the first detailed treatment of how the crisis has affected citizens’ views in a traditionally pro-European member state. It examines whether public opinion has become more Eurosceptic and which societal groups have changed their views and in what direction. It uses data from Eurobarometer surveys conducted before and during the current crisis. Unsurprisingly, the findings show that negative sentiment towards the EU has increased across all social groups in recent years. However, we find a paradox of a decline in general support for the EU and an increase in support for the Euro. In a country seen as traditionally pro-European, Greek public opinion has fallen out of love with the EU, but it clearly does not want to leave the Eurozone or renounce membership altogether.


Clements, B., Nanou, K., & Verney, S. (in press). ‘We no longer love you, but we don’t want to leave you’: the Eurozone crisis and popular Euroscepticism in Greece. Journal of European Integration / Revue d'Intégration Européenne, 36,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2014
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 8, 2017
Journal Journal of European Integration
Print ISSN 0703-6337
Electronic ISSN 1477-2280
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Keywords public opinion, Greece, European Union, Eurosceptism, economic crisis
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