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Year of publication 2020
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

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Description After the initial exclusion of Slovakia from the integration processes, EU integration became depoliticised, parties presented rather underdeveloped positions concerning the EU, and competed with each other on who was best qualified to lead the country towards full membership. Soft-Eurosceptic party positions did exist, but openly hard-Eurosceptic stances were politically irrelevant. The situation changed in the late 2000s. As documented by the shifts in public opinion, room for criticism of the EU emerged, with about 30% of voters acknowledging that leaving the EU would be beneficial for the country. It took until 2019, however, for a hard-Eurosceptic party to capitalise on these sentiments and gain seats in the European Parliament. Soft-Eurosceptic positions continue to inform the profiles of two relevant political parties. Views of other parties seem to depend on their position within the government-opposition dynamics.

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