Nina Pejič from the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, participated at a conference on populism in EU that took place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 4 April 2018. The conference was organised as part of the international project ‘Anti EU-rhetoric versus own national interests? Nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe’ by EUROPEUM (one of the five project partners) and researchers from Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. The researchers presented the preliminary results of surveys carried out in the five aforementioned countries. The study focused on the citizens’ opinions related to trust in the EU institutions, attitudes towards national and European policies and trust in democracy. The participating researchers sought to answer why political and social actors in Central Europe resort to anti-EU rhetoric, to what extent people follow it and how they justify these views.
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