A Thorn in the Side of European Elites: The New Euroscepticism

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Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Jan 23, 2015 - Political Science - 56 pages
The European project has recently reached a critical point, where a discussion on the fundamental objectives of the European Union has entered public debate. There are considerable concerns about a new Euroscepticism arising in response to recent developments, especially the Eurozone crisis, and a general feeling of malaise towards the European project from both national elites and ordinary citizens of Member States. This paper looks at how Euroscepticism can be defined, the reasons behind its development in Western and Eastern Europe and the EPPŐs perspective on this phenomenon.Ę

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Hardcore Euroscepticism as a distinguishing
A unifying force?
Euroscepticism in the European Parliament 41 Evaluation and response to Euroscepticism 47 About the author

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Dr Florian Hartleb worked as a research fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies until 2012. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Bonn and the University for Politics in Munich. He studied political science, law and psychology at Eastern Illinois University (US) and the University of Passau, and gained his doctorate from Chemnitz University of Technology in 2004. He subsequently worked as a consultant in the German parliament (Bundestag), as a research associate at Chemnitz University of Technology and as a professor for political management at a private university in Berlin. He has co-authored three high-school textbooks. His research areas include populism, political parties and extremism in the EU, as well as political leadership.

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