BiographyBritish by birth, I have been based in Greece for over 30 years. Living this country's changes from EC accession to the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis is an experience which has fulled my research and teaching.
My recent work centres on the political impact of the economic crisis in Southern Europe and on Euroscepticism.
I have also published extensively on Greek politics and on Greek-EU relations.
Published: Mar 28, 2014 by The International Spectator
Authors: Susannah Verney
The shock outcome of the May 2012 election, which failed to produce a government, revealed a broader delegitimation of the political system. Eurobarometer data show α dramatic loss of confidence in political institutions. Initially, rising political discontent was managed through alternation in power between the two major parties. But the Greek sovereign debt crisis brought a dramatic fragmentation of the party system. This process is not reversible and entails serious democratic dangers.
Published: Mar 04, 2014 by The International Spectator
Authors: Ben Clements, Kyriaki Nanou & Susannah Verney
Using Eurobarometer data, the article provides the first detailed treatment of how the economic crisis has affected citizens’ views in a traditionally pro-European member state. Findings include a paradox of a decline in general support for the EU across all social groups and an increase in support for the Euro. Greek public opinion has fallen out of love with the EU, but clearly does not want to leave the Eurozone or renounce membership altogether.