What News from the Eastern Front?: The First Concrete Insight into the Union's Central and Eastern Eurobarometer

Anna Melich
Public Opinion Surveys and Research, European Commission, Belgium
and
Mark Hofmans
GfK Europe, Belgium.

THE HISTORY OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROBAROMETER

Since 1974, the European Commission’s Standard Eurobarometer (EB) survey has measured public opinion towards the European Union among the citizens of the Member States twice yearly.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the map of Europe changed dramatically. The immediate effect was an automatic increase in the number of European Union citizens following the reunification of Germany in 1990. In terms of the Eurobarometer surveys, this has resulted in a doubling of the survey sample size in Germany since the autumn of 1990, with 1,000 interviews being undertaken in the West and 1,000 interviews in the Lnder of the former German Democratic Republic.