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The Truth about Lies on Europe (TruLies)

In Germany, the potential for Euroscep­ticism is increasing and the hitherto generally predom­inant and distinctive pro-European consensus has begun to crumble. This has also opened up room for populist Euroscep­ticism, which is supported more by emotions than by actual facts and truths. Before this background and proceeding with the assumption that Euroscep­ticism does not, per se, have to entail a destructive effect, the Institut für Europäische Politik has begun a project in cooper­ation with the Progressive Zentrum that will contribute to the ratio­nal­ization of the European debate in an enlight­ening manner.

In this sense, “The Truth about Lies on Europe” brings out the preju­dices in the German debate on Europe and checks the arguments of Eurosceptics for their truth­fulness. After­wards, the results will be provided to relevant decision-makers in politics and civil society.

Detailed Goals of the Project:

In order to achieve the project goals, a series of expert and dissem­i­nation workshops and lunch debates will be organized. Furthermore, there will also be scien­tific publi­ca­tions and inter­active online debate contributions.

The Truth about Lies on Europe is supported by Stiftung Mercator.

Time Period

June 2015 to May 2017

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp
Dr. Funda Tekin

Please find further infor­mation about the project online:

An overview of 17 fact sheets that contex­tu­alize and examine euroscep­tical state­ments, is available here.