What do you think about rural areas

Tell me where you live, and I'll tell you how you think. In the European Union, this is evidently true, both large and small. A few theses for illustration must be here, a blog is short, enough for now, more then in the attached links to the studies.


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This is shown by the study "The Geography of EU Discontent", For which the EU Directorate-General for Regional Policy was able to attract several researchers in 2018. Their findings: “Voting for parties that oppose the European Union and reject it resolutely can be found in many parts of the EU: southern Denmark, northern Italy, southern Austria, eastern Germany, eastern Hungary or southern Portugal Hot spots for a vote against the EU."

Rural areas and Small towns are, according to the study, more eurosceptic than larger ones Cities: "In Lille, Metz, Nancy and Strasbourg for example, there is much less anti-European voting than in the surrounding area. The same applies to East Germany, where the anti-European vote in Berlin, Dresden or Leipzig is far less to be found than in the area. The situation is similar in northern Italy, where the two largest cities Milan and Turin stand out from a large number of medium-sized cities such as Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona, Mantua, Pavia and Vercelli, or from even smaller cities and rural areas ”(page 7 of the study).

The authors repeatedly refer to the role of De-industrialization as a driver the EU skepticism - the economic situation alone is not enough as an explanation, any more than the anger against “elites” or “establishment”.

Home and frustration so settle close to each other.

And the billions of euros in budget funds for them Regional funding of the EU are apparently being spent badly or at least imprudently - which is what will happen in the upcoming negotiations of the medium-term EU financial framework 2021-2027 wants to be considered.

A pretty radical inference The scientists of the Institute for Economic Researchat the German university in Halle / Saale drawn. You want that stagnating economic power in eastern Germany bring it up to western level by only promoting large cities.

“Politicians and the public have to accept that this is precisely what it is Cities in East Germany who can advance the economic convergence of East Germany. Theirs Potentials it is important to raise it by increasing it attractiveness. This is the only way to attract qualified immigrants, develop high-quality service activities and offer public scientific institutions an adequate environment. ”(Page 24)

The political consequences We anticipate this economic policy in the light of the EU study, see above, where it says: "The anti-European vote in Berlin, Dresden or Leipzig (is) far less to be found ... than in the surrounding area." The cities are also that Favorite destination of young people on Internal migration as well as the immigrantfrom non-EU countries (EPRS), are already experiencing an inner dynamic that their hinterland lacks.

On the other hand, one recently showed Study by the Bertelsmann Foundationthat about the consequences of a tough one Brexit would hit the western regions of Germany most and least the eastern regions (exception: Berlin).

The study found similar results for Great Britain itself - a hard Brexit would affluent south englands and the rich Metropolis London hit hardest. The south voted for an exit from the EU, but London voted against it ...

"The Geography is our destiny", should Napoleon supposed to have said. He has experienced and suffered this insight in any case, at the latest on the banks of the Berezinawhere he failed on his Russian campaign lost half an army in November 1812.

Places of vengeance“Saw the FAZ in its evaluation of the EU study arise across half the continent. Without industry, only political frustration - is that the fate of the EU today?