The politics of opposition and the future of Europe
If we take a pan-European perspective to identify current challenges across Europe, how have these challenges come about, and what are the possible scenarios and conditions for the future of European integration?
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The politicization of European integration has resulted in newly emerging trends in the polarization of political attitudes and interests. Across Europe, the voices of opposition from the left and right are becoming louder, targeting traditional elites and established political practices and therewith challenging the existing democratic order and representation of interests in the EU and its member states.
Recent examples of opposition against elites, current policies on migration or economic governance within the EU include the 2017 Dutch and French Presidential elections as well as the upcoming UK snap elections following the 2016 vote to leave to EU. These developments are no longer exceptional, but take after other recent elections and referenda, such as the 2015 elections in Poland, Spain or Greece; the 2016 Presidential election in Austria; and the 2016 referenda in the Netherlands and Hungary.
This symposium will assess similarities and particularities of political developments across Europe, ask whether we see indeed see a trend and reflect on possible scenarios and conditions for the future of European integration.
About the speakers
Ben Crum is Professor of Political Science at VU Amsterdam. A political theorist by training, his main research interest concerns the way contemporary processes of internationalization (European integration in particular) affect our practices and understandings of democracy and solidarity.
Daphne Halikiopoulou is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Reading, UK. She has written extensively on radical nationalism, the politics of exclusion as well as the cultural and economic determinants of far right party support. She is currently working on insecurity and far right party support in Europe.
Gijs Schumacher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are decision-making and institutions and he has published on party organization, mass-elite linkages, party change, the radical right, social democratic parties, personality and welfare policies.
Sofia Vasilopoulou is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York, UK. Her work examines political dissatisfaction with democracy and democratic institutions across Europe. Specific themes include Euroscepticism, extremism and loss of faith in traditional politics.
Katjana Gattermann (moderator) is Assistant Professor of Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research. Her work is concerned with political communication, political behaviour and public opinion and feeds into debates about the accountability of politics within and across the EU.
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