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Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe By Michael Kaeding

Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe by Michael Kaeding

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Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals by Michael Kaeding

"The European Parliament elections in May 2019 did not bring about the rise of populism in Europe that had been feared by many. Instead, while populism was contained, a broad pro-European majority emerged that today carries the new European Commission with its ambitious green, digital and geopolitical agenda. However, Euroscepticism remains a significant force to be reckoned with in national and EU-policy making. The present book offers a better understanding of the different types of Euroscepticism that exist across Europe. It also shows that Euroscepticism is best addressed by understanding well the often valid concerns that are at the origins of Eurosceptic forces. If this is done in time, Euroscepticism is not something to be afraid of. It is part of a vibrant European democracy that is resilient enough to embrace those who criticise the reality of the European project with good arguments; and that stands ready to develop and improve day by day to become a more perfect Union."
- Martin Selmayr, Head of the European Commission's representation in Austria

"This book comes at the right time. European integration seems more contested than ever, but is it really? This book answers this question by probing into 40 shades of Euroscepticism, within and beyond the EU Member States. It is a must read for academics and practitioners alike."
- Christine Neuhold, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

"With this book, the authors offer readers of European politics a treasure trove, with valuable insights into the variety of populist and nationalist forces that oppose mainstream European integration. Faced with such a jumble of eurosceptic parties pursuing narrow and in many cases reactionary agendas, the need for proper federal political parties becomes self-evident. Only then will the diverse interests and aspirations of citizens be given realistic expression at the EU level."
- Andrew Duff, President, The Spinelli Group

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 Brexit negotiations. The book provides perspectives on the future of the European project from authors in all the EU Member States, as well as neighboring European countries and potential applicant nations. Furthermore, 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 mobilizing civil society and in setting the political agenda. They shape politics at a 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.

About Michael Kaeding

Michael Kaeding is Former Chairman (2016-2019) and current Honorary Board Member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). He is Professor of European Integration and European Union Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and holds an ad personam Jean Monnet Chair.
Johannes Pollak is Rector of and Professor of Political Science at the Webster Vienna Private University, Austria. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and Lecturer at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna.
Paul Schmidt is Secretary General of the Austrian Society for European Politics in Vienna. Previously, he worked at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, both in Vienna and at their Representative Office in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union.

Table of Contents

Albania: will the EU's Ambiguity Lead to Euroscepticism?
Leonie Vrugtman
Austria: Taking a Walk on the Wild SidePaul Schmidt
Belgium: Breaking the Consensus? Eurosceptic PartiesWouter Wolfs and Steven Van Hecke
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ethnopolitics and Hopeful Euroscepticism - No light at the End of the European Tunnel?Vedran Dzihic
Bulgaria: Creeping EU-scepticism - The Tacit Consent that Fuels PopulismHristo Panchugov and Ivan Nachev
Croatia: The Government should take Citizens SeriouslyHrvoje Butkovic
Cyprus: A Pro-European Attitude, but Scepticism Still Holds StrongGiorgos Kentas
Czechia: Who is the Most Eurosceptic of Them All? The Eurosceptic Race to the BottomZdenek Sychra and Petr Kratochvil
Denmark: Ambivalence Towards the EU - From Foot-Dragging to Pacesetters?Maja Kluger Dionigi and Marlene Wind
Estonia: Challenges with the Popularity of Right Wing RadicalismViljar Veebel
Finland: A Meaningful EU debate is needed to Regain Ground from Populist FramingJuha Jokela
France: When Euroscepticism Becomes the Main Credo of the OppositionNonna Mayer and Olivier Rozenberg
Germany: Eurosceptics and the illusion of an AlternativeKatrin Boettger and Funda Tekin
Greece: The Remarkable Defeat of EuroscepticismGeorge Pagoulatos
Hungary: Euroscepticism and NationalismAndras Inotai
Iceland: Hard-Line Eurosceptics Clash with EuroscepticsBaldur Thorhallsson
Ireland: 'A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats' a Unique Situation on Countering EuroscepticismRoisin Smith
Italy: Has Salvini Saved the Country from Himself? Not YetEleonora Poli
Kosovo: Moonwalking Towards the European UnionVenera Hajrullahu
Latvia: Euroscepticism - Between Reason and TreasonKarlis Bukovskis and Andris Spruds
Liechtenstein: Euroscepticism Yes and No!Christian Frommelt
Lithuania: Euroscepticism - Present on the MarginsRamunas Vilpisauskas
Luxembourg: Make Europe Work Better in the Greater RegionsGuido Lessing
Malta: Bucking the Trend - How Malta Turned its Back on EuroscepticismMark Harwood
Montenegro: A Great Bargain Between the European Union Optimism and Real EuroscepticismDanijela Jacimovic and Suncica Rogic
North Macedonia: The Name in Exchange for European Union Membership?Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva
Norway: Outside, but ...John Erik Fossum
Poland: Economic Enthusiasts, Value AdversariesZdzislaw Mach and Natasza Styczynska
Portugal: Euroscepticism - Something Old, Something New and Everything BlueAlice Cunha
Romania: Euroscepticism - Contamination of the Mainstream Parties, Limited Support Among the CitizensBianca Toma and Alexandru Damian
Serbia: Our Greatest Fear - An Empty Country, Pawn in the Hands of Great Powers on the "Periphery of the Periphery"Marko Savkovic
Slovakia: Euroscepticism as a Changing Notion in Electoral CampaignsOlga Gyarfasova and Lucia Mokra
Slovenia: Extremes are Attractive Only to the MediaMaja Bucar and Bostjan Udovic
Spain: The Risk of too High Expectations on the EU's Role as a Problem SolverIgnacio Molina
Sweden: Battling for ValuesGunilla Herolf
Switzerland: A Vital Relationship in the Stranglehold of EuroscepticismFrank Schimmelfennig
The Netherlands: Playing with Fire? Dutch Political Parties Between Reluctant and Pragmatic Pro-EuropeanismMaurits J. Meijers, Lars Stevenson and Adriaan Schout
Turkey: A Vicious Cycle of Euroscepticism?Senem Aydin-Duzgit and OEzgehan Senyuva
UK: Brexit - The Car That Keeps on CrashingBrendan Donnelly
Ukraine: The Progress of (Euro) Populism in Postmodern AgeYuriy Yakymenko and Viktor Zamiatin

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