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Free Citizens’ Party – from Brussels to Prague?

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Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source East European Politics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords Free Citizens’ Party; European Parliament; Czech Republic; theory of roles; niche party
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Description Although the objectives of hard Eurosceptic parties are focused on the European Union (EU), a presence in the European Parliament (EP) is not their final goal. In order to fulfil their main objective – disbanding of the EU – they need to be relevant at the national level as well. Thus, being represented at the EU level can be used by them as a springboard to the domestic scene. This article analyses how such a process may occur. As its main finding, it claims that success in the EP elections can be Pyrrhic victory for hard Eurosceptics, since it reinforces their niche status.
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