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Panel 903: Europeanisation and De-Europeanisation of Central and Eastern European Member States - What Impact for European Foreign Policy Cooperation
11:30am - 1:00pm
Session Chair: Ben Tonra, UCD Dublin
Europeanisation and De-Europeanisation of Central and Eastern European member states: What Impact for European Foreign Policy Cooperation
Chair(s): Ben Tonra (University College Dublin)
Presenter(s): Karolina Pomorska (University of Leiden), Tomas Weiss (Charles University Prague), Heidi Maurer (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
This non-traditional panel (roundtable) is going to discuss the current political climate in Central and Eastern European member states and its impact on European foreign policy cooperation. It brings together four experts who will share their insights about Poland (Pomorska), the Czech Republic (Weiss), Slovakia (Batora) and Austria (Maurer).
Panelists will be ask to reflect in their interventions on three aspects:
1. to present the current state of political affairs in their country: in what manner and to what extent are populist trends visible? why - if at all - do we see voters turning away from mainstream parties, and what role does the support for European integration play in public contestation? The four countries under observation share some similarities but also present some variation to allow for an interesting discussion: three of them only joined in 2005, while Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic can be considered small states. in all four states, populist forces are said to be on the rise, although the participation of right-wing populists varies in all four cases.
2. to reflect on the impact of political trends in these countries on their EU membership and on EU foreign policy cooperation in particular: how do the political changes in those four countries impact on European foreign policy cooperation in the past ten years?
3. to reflect on the meaning and wider relevance fo this trends for our understanding of Europeanisation and De-Europeanisation: are those empirical observation that we are observing surprising or rather predictable in light of Europeanisation research? How do we need to account better for conceptualising the ongoing trends, but also in what aspects does Europeanisation research provide useful tools?
The roundtable serves as an empirically-focused follow-up to a more conceptual exchange about Europeanisation and De-Europeanisation, which had taken place at the NORTIA conference in Barcelona in June 2019 (see the reflection by Ben Tonra here: http://eufp.eu/europeanisation-and-de-europeanisation-eu-member-state-foreign-policies-mirror-image-or-discrete).
The aim of the roundtable is to provide a first platform of exchange for future research, and to also connect with interested colleagues of how a possible project in this area can be taken forward and hopefully also extended by more case studies.