Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe. Views from the Capitals (Second Edition)

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Publication Date 2020
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This book sheds light on how the increasing prominence of Eurosceptic and nationalist parties is having an impact on the thinking of mainstream parties, their representatives in the European Parliament, and the future of Europe. It is timed to coincide with the strategic vision of Council, Commission, and Parliament, as well as the next phase of the Brexit negotiations. The book provides perspectives on the future of the European project from authors in all the EU Member States, as well as neighbouring European countries and potential candidates. It includes a Foreword by the Vice-president of the European Parliament.

With many Eurosceptic parties now in national government, or winning European elections and thus exerting influence over the national debate, this book maps and analyses the nature and impact of Euroscepticism — and new nationalist tendencies — in the different party systems of Europe. As national political parties are the gatekeepers of the process of political representation, they play a pivotal role in mobilising civil society and in setting the political agenda. They shape politics at national level, but also determine the way in which Europe plays out — or does not play out — as a political issue. Thus, it is from the national capitals that the very future of Europe emerges.

Table of Contents:

  • Albania: Will the EU’s Ambiguity Lead to Euroscepticism? | Leonie Vrugtman
  • Austria: Taking a Walk on the Wild Side | Paul Schmidt
  • Belgium: Breaking the Consensus? Eurosceptic Parties | Wouter Wolfs, Steven Van Hecke
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ethnopolitics and Hopeful Euroscepticism — No Light at the End of the European Tunnel? | Vedran Džihić
  • Bulgaria: Creeping EU-Scepticism—The Tacit Consent that Fuels Populism | Hristo Panchugov, Ivan Nachev
  • Croatia: The Government Should Take Citizens Seriously | Hrvoje Butković
  • Cyprus: A Pro-European Attitude, but Scepticism Still Holds Strong | Giorgos Kentas
  • Czechia: Who Is the Most Eurosceptic of Them All? The Eurosceptic Race to the Bottom | Zdeněk Sychra, Petr Kratochvíl
  • Denmark: Ambivalence Towards the EU—From Foot-Dragging to Pacesetters? | Maja Kluger Dionigi, Marlene Wind
  • Estonia: Challenges with the Popularity of Right-Wing Radicalism | Viljar Veebel
  • Finland: A Meaningful EU Debate Is Needed to Regain Ground from Populist Framing | Juha Jokela
  • France: When Euroscepticism Becomes the Main Credo of the Opposition | Nonna Mayer, Olivier Rozenberg
  • Germany: Eurosceptics and the Illusion of an Alternative | Katrin Böttger, Funda Tekin
  • Greece: The Remarkable Defeat of Euroscepticism | George Pagoulatos
  • Hungary: Euroscepticism and Nationalism | András Inotai
  • Iceland: Hard-Line Eurosceptics Clash with Eurosceptics | Baldur Thorhallsson
  • Ireland: ‘A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats’ — A Unique Situation on Countering Euroscepticism | Róisín Smith
  • Italy: Has Salvini Saved the Country from Himself? Not Yet | Eleonora Poli
  • Kosovo: Moonwalking Towards the European Union | Venera Hajrullahu
  • Latvia: Euroscepticism — Between Reason and Treason | Karlis Bukovskis, Andris Spruds
  • Liechtenstein: Euroscepticism Yes and No! | Christian Frommelt
  • Lithuania: Euroscepticism — Present on the Margins | Ramūnas Vilpišauskas
  • Luxembourg: Make Europe Work Better in the Greater Regions | Guido Lessing
  • Malta: Bucking the Trend — How Malta Turned its Back on Euroscepticism | Mark Harwood
  • Montenegro: A Great Bargain Between the European Union Optimism and Real Euroscepticism | Danijela Jaćimović, Sunčica Rogic
  • North Macedonia: The Name in Exchange for European Union Membership? | Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva
  • Norway: Outside, But … | John Erik Fossum
  • Poland: Economic Enthusiasts, Value Adversaries | Zdzisław Mach, Natasza Styczyńska
  • Portugal: Something Old, Something New and Everything Blue | Alice Cunha
  • Romania: Euroscepticism — Contamination of the Mainstream Parties, Limited Support Among the Citizens | Bianca Toma, Alexandru Damian
  • Serbia: Our Greatest Fear — An Empty Country, Pawn in the Hands of Great Powers on the “Periphery of the Periphery” | Marko Savković
  • Slovakia: Euroscepticism as a Changing Notion in Electoral Campaigns | Oľga Gyárfášová, Lucia Mokrá
  • Slovenia: Extremes Are Attractive Only to the Media | Maja Bučar, Boštjan Udovič
  • Spain: The Risk of Too High Expectations on the EU’s Role as a Problem Solver | Ignacio Molina
  • Sweden: Battling for Values | Gunilla Herolf
  • Switzerland: A Vital Relationship in the Stranglehold of Euroscepticism | Frank Schimmelfennig
  • The Netherlands: Playing with Fire? Dutch Political Parties Between Reluctant and Pragmatic Pro-Europeanism | Maurits J. Meijers, Lars Stevenson, Adriaan Schout
  • Turkey: A Vicious Cycle of Euroscepticism? | Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Özgehan Şenyuva
  • UK: Brexit — The Car That Keeps on Crashing | Brendan Donnelly
  • Ukraine: The Progress of (Euro) Populism in Postmodern Age | Yuriy Yakymenko, Viktor Zamiatin

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This is the second edition of this title.

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