Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/266093
Authors: 
Steiner, Nils D.
Berlinschi, Ruxanda
Farvaque, √Čtienne
Fidrmuc, Jan
Harms, Philipp
Mihailov, Alexander
Neugart, Michael
Stanek, Piotr
Year of Publication: 
2022
Series/Report no.: 
BOFIT Discussion Papers No. 9/2022
Publisher: 
Bank of Finland, Bank of Finland Institute for Emerging Economies (BOFIT), Helsinki
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
European integration
attitudes
external threat
rally around the flag
Ukraine
Russia
JEL: 
F02
F5
H77
N44
Z18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-952-323-420-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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