The Truth about Lies on Europe (TruLies)

In Germany, the potential for Euroscepticism is increasing and the hitherto generally predominant and distinctive pro-European consensus has begun to crumble. This has also opened up room for populist Euroscepticism, which is supported more by emotions than by actual facts and truths. Before this background and proceeding with the assumption that Euroscepticism does not, per se, have to entail a destructive effect, the Institut für Europäische Politik has begun a project in cooperation with the Progressive Zentrum that will contribute to the rationalization of the European debate in an enlightening manner.

In this sense, “The Truth about Lies on Europe” brings out the prejudices in the German debate on Europe and checks the arguments of Eurosceptics for their truthfulness. Afterwards, the results will be provided to relevant decision-makers in politics and civil society.

Detailed Goals of the Project:

In order to achieve the project goals, a series of expert and dissemination workshops and lunch debates will be organized. Furthermore, there will also be scientific publications and interactive online debate contributions.

The Truth about Lies on Europe is supported by Stiftung Mercator.

Time Period

June 2015 to May 2017

Project Team

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp
Dr. Funda Tekin

Please find further information about the project online:

An overview of 17 fact sheets that contextualize and examine eurosceptical statements, is available here.