EU Membership - right/left?
July 1, 2012 3:54 PM Subscribe
European Politics Filter: Did the political positions on the issue of "EU Membership" (pro / con) switch sides (conservative / liberal) in most European countries over the past 10 years?
posted by Flood to Law & Government (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I lived in Europe (Spain and Ireland) for about five years in the early 90s. At that time, many countries were voting on important EU related questions (votes on membership and on creating the single-currency euro).
At the time, it seemed, conservative parties in Europe took the "con" position on the EU. They sometimes openly rejected membership, they were generally critical of the EU, and did not want generate intergration. Liberal parties, at the time, mostly took a pro-EU position, campaigning for greater intergration and a single currency.
Today, it seems, to be the opposite. Liberal parties are now seem to be in the "con" position. Some of them are openly calling to reject membership and leave the union. Conservative parties, on the other hand, are Pro-EU and are calling for measures necessary to maintain EU membership. Conservatives now defend EU membership.
Do I have that generalization correct? Have the two sides flipped position? If so, why?