Religious intolerance and Euroscepticism

  title={Religious intolerance and Euroscepticism},
  author={Sara Binzer Hobolt and Wouter van der Brug and Claes H. De Vreese and Hajo G. Boomgaarden and Malte Hinrichsen},
  journal={European Union Politics},
  pages={359 - 379}
Research on Euroscepticism focuses increasingly on the role of group identities: national identities and attitudes towards multiculturalism. Yet hardly any attention has been paid to the way in which religious intolerance shapes Euroscepticism. We argue that religious intolerance influences not only diffuse Euroscepticism, but also more specifically opposition to enlargement of the European Union with Turkey. To examine the relationship between religious intolerance and Euroscepticism, this… 

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