Event Title

Enlargement Policy in the Context of Growing Populism in the European Union

Session

Political Science & International Relations

Description

In the 2016 and 2017 elections, 55.8 million Europeans voted for a populist party, that is one in five Europeans, according to a recent study by the European Policy Information Center. This means that populism “has now established itself as the third ideological force in European politics” (Ibid). Populist movements are challenging the liberal-democratic model and, more importantly, long standing norms in the EU. Populist far-right parties are exerting influence in the public discourse and national decision-making processes, which can lead to serious consequences for the European integration process. This wave of populism has been closely associated with elements of nationalism and mercantilism that we haven’t seen in Europe embraced so openly since before the WWII. European integration has been the primary target of attacks from the populist leaders, especially from the far-right. Considering the quintessential significance of the European perspective for the six countries of the Western Balkans this paper considers how the rise of populism and the growing support for the far-right parties in the EU can affect the region?

Keywords:

European integration, Enlargement policy, populism, corruption and organized crime, regional cooperation

Session Chair

Ridvan Peshkopia

Session Co-Chair

Ramadan Ilazi

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-54-7

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

28-10-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

28-10-2017 4:30 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2017.322

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Enlargement Policy in the Context of Growing Populism in the European Union

Durres, Albania

In the 2016 and 2017 elections, 55.8 million Europeans voted for a populist party, that is one in five Europeans, according to a recent study by the European Policy Information Center. This means that populism “has now established itself as the third ideological force in European politics” (Ibid). Populist movements are challenging the liberal-democratic model and, more importantly, long standing norms in the EU. Populist far-right parties are exerting influence in the public discourse and national decision-making processes, which can lead to serious consequences for the European integration process. This wave of populism has been closely associated with elements of nationalism and mercantilism that we haven’t seen in Europe embraced so openly since before the WWII. European integration has been the primary target of attacks from the populist leaders, especially from the far-right. Considering the quintessential significance of the European perspective for the six countries of the Western Balkans this paper considers how the rise of populism and the growing support for the far-right parties in the EU can affect the region?