The project members had their first meeting. 

SecEUrity project: European Common Defence and shared security in an age of Brexit and Trump kick-off meeting

The project strives to examine the dynamic relationship between elites and masses in policy-making about common defense in the multi-level European system. Two overarching questionslie at the heart of the project: what and how do elites and European mass publics think aboutgreater (European) defense, security, and military integration? More specifically, the project wantsto achieve the following objectives: (1) study what mass publics and security elites understandby "common defense", (2) estimate the level of public support or opposition to a vast array ofpossible forms of defense integration across Europe, including assessing support for some formof European military, (3) explore differences in citizen perceptions and preferences across regionswithin the EU, (4) identify individual-level values, predispositions, attitudes, and demographicfactors that shape support or opposition to defense integration, (5) examine how elite cues, socialcues, and real-world events affect defense integration attitudes, (6) analyze the interplay of mediacontent, individual media exposure, and mass opinion towards European defense and securityintegration, and (7) evaluate how (and how accurately) elites perceive mass opinion towardEuropean defense and security integration, and vice versa. The project combines qualitative (eliteinterviews) and quantitative research (surveys with embedded experiments and media contentanalysis) to examine what factors affect European security policy preferences. The primary focuslies on France, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain, four countries that will play important roles inEuropean defense integration.

Date: 24 September 2018