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Anti-Europeanism and Euroscepticism in Slovakia


SPÁČ Peter

Year of publication 2016
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description This chapter analyses the position of Eurosceptic parties in Slovakia. The country went through an interesting development in this area. In crucial national election 1998 the topic of EU membership gained a role of a moral symbol and hence effectively limited any prospects of development of Euroscepticism in Slovak party system for nearly one decade. During the most recent years the situation has changed and the country witnessed rise of several parties with prevailingly or fully negative attitude towards the EU. This text identifies four such formations whose ideological positions range from libertarian to extreme right. Although they do not belong to the strongest parties in the system, their public support is not marginal. As the election to European parliament in 2014 showed the political environment in Slovakia may be becoming friendlier and more open to Eurosceptic parties. On the other hand these parties are still far from being a relevant challenge to mainstream political parties which yield a positive stance to EU and are successfully integrated into European party structures.

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