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Eurosceptics in the European Parliament: isolated and divided in Brussels but driving national debates

Europaskeptiker im Europäischen Parlament: in Brüssel isoliert und zerstritten, treiben sie die nationale Europapolitik vor sich her

Kietz, Daniela; Ondarza, Nicolai von

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract There is growing concern that Eurosceptic parties could fare very well in the May 2014 European elections. Fears abound that the formation of a strong extreme right and right-populist camp could endanger the functioning of the European Parliament and plunge the EU system into its next political crisis. But past experience with Eurosceptics points in a different direction. The Parliament will continue to function, but at the price of a further weakening of party-political polarisation. What the European Parliament does offer these parties, however, is an attractive public forum to exercise pressure and influence on national politics, which is their actual objective. Ultimately, it is national governing parties that take on board Eurosceptic ideas in fear of electoral defeat and transport them into the Union. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; European Parliament; election to the European Parliament; European integration; party politics; European Policy; national politics; populism; dissatisfaction with politics
Classification European Politics; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series SWP Comments, 13/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications