Tag: Euroscepticism

European Disintegration Deserves a More Prominent Place in European Studies

The various challenges facing the European Union and its seeming inability to adequately address them have arguably fuelled European disintegration, rather than integration, writes María del Carmen Sandoval Velasco. She argues that the European studies community should respond by giving European disintegration more attention and seeking to understand its role the evolution of the European …

Brexit and the Balkans: Implications for Future EU Enlargement

Extended Article The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has the potential to impact EU enlargement to the Western Balkans in a multitude of ways, writes Eamonn Butler. He argues that, while EU leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to enlargement, accessions are likely to be pushed back several years and the remaining EU may itself …

Brexit Will be a Major Blow to Eurosceptic Clout in the European Parliament

Considering that the UK’s EU referendum produced a result to leave the European Union, it might be anticipated that Eurosceptic movements will only grow stronger in the aftermath, writes Cleo Davies. However, she argues that, in the European Parliament, the departure of UK MEPs will in fact weaken all of the Eurosceptic right-wing groups, leaving …

Brexit May Force a Rethink for Finland’s Eurosceptics

Following the UK’s EU referendum, there is a lack of appetite in Finland to hold a similar vote on EU membership or the euro, writes Tapio Raunio. He notes that the main proponent of EU referendums, the Finns Party, is currently limited by its role in the coalition government, and that the economic and political …

First, Brexit – Are the Dutch Next in Line?

Although the Netherlands is considered a potential contender to follow the UK in opting to leave the EU, such a prospect is unlikely for now, writes David Bokhorst. He argues, however, that deep public dissatisfaction with European integration, combined with how political elites present the EU at home, will continue to undermine Dutch support for …

Denmark and Brexit: An Ally Departing and Anticipations High

Over the years, Denmark has shared a scepticism for European integration alongside the UK, writes Ben Rosamond. He argues that the UK’s exit will see Denmark lose a key ally within the EU, and Danish politics and business will be following closely how the UK’s new relationship with the EU develops. Danish Flags, MPD01605, CC-BY-SA-2.0 …

The Dutch Ukraine Referendum That Was Never Really About Ukraine

The recent Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which rejected the agreement, was more an expression of Euroscepticism than an evaluation of the actual deal, write David Bokhorst and Bogdan Koetsier. They argue that the role of referendums should be reconsidered, particularly in foreign policy, as part of a wider discussion of how democracy …

The UK’s EU Renegotiation: View from Denmark

The Danish government has been a reliable supporter of the UK’s renegotiation of its EU membership, writes Ben Rosamond. He notes that, in the context of Denmark’s own ambivalent relationship with the EU, keeping the UK in can be used to argue that the EU remains good for Denmark as well. David Cameron meets Lars …