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Euroscepticism, Europhobia and Eurocriticism

The Radical Parties of the Right and Left "vis-à-vis" the European Union

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Cesareo Rodriguez-Aguilera de Prat

Euroscepticism has become a generic catch-all term that is not always useful to capture the nuances of the different types of political opposition to the current process of European integration. This research analyses the electoral manifestos and programmes presented to the European Parliamentary elections in 2009 by twenty-two parties. In this regard, it is clear that the radical right parties usually have Europhobic impulses – their rejection being not only of methods, but also of principals. In contrast, the radical left parties are, in theory, favourable to European integration, but dispute the direction imposed by the EU authorities.
Cesáreo Rodríguez-Aguilera de Prat is Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona. He is a Doctor of Law and holds a degree in Contemporary History. His principal research interests are in comparative politics and, more specifically, European comparative politics. Within this field, his main focus is political parties. He has published numerous books and articles on these subjects and has worked as a visiting researcher in research centres and universities in Rome, Turin, Milan, Florence, Paris, Lyon, London, Edinburgh, Brussels and Mannheim.