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Plus on se connaît, plus on s’aime ?

Abstract : « The more we know, the more we love? Laws of elective affinities between European countries ». « Mutual trust » between the European people is a carried topic, from its origin, by the Eurobarometer serie of surveys. Seminal works of Inglehart and Rabier showed that this “mutual trust” an essential element of building of a European « we-feeling», but also that it varies according to countries. This “we-feeling” sentiment is said by the academic literature to be an important piece of citizens diffuse support towards the EU. Unfortunatly, few researches were undertaken on this question in the recent literature devoted to the analysis of the opinions of the European citizens on Europe. This article likes to show, from the data of the most recent available Eurobarometer to study it, that “sympathy” felt for other European countries (ex UE15) constitutes a good indicator of “mutual trust” and allows the understanding of historical, cultural and territorial logics of it. « Elective affinity » between groups of countries can be discovered from a geometrical data analysis and from the use of gravity models, proposed by political economy.
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Bruno Cautrès. Plus on se connaît, plus on s’aime ?. Politique européenne, l'Harmattan, 2008, 3 (26), pp.165 - 190. ⟨10.3917/poeu.026.0165⟩. ⟨hal-03415816⟩

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