The fight against Euroscepticism and extremism/radicalisation, and the consolidation of trust in European values

On April 4th 2016 I had the pleasure to moderate the debate on the fight against Euroscepticism organized by the European Institute of Romania. The event was attended by representatives of the central public authorities, academic milieu, experts and analysts in European affairs.



The discussions started from the results of the research performed for the Study The fight against Euroscepticism and extremism/radicalisation, and the consolidation of trust in European values, coordinated by Sergiu Gherghina, Lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt. The paper is part of the Strategy and Policy Studies Programme SPOS 2015, coordinated by the European Institute of Romania.

Euroscepticism is a phenomenon who has started gaining traction in Romania and affects all walks of life, being a real danger for our European integration. The debate focus on its various characteristics with all the speakers having valuable interventions out of which some are mentioned below.

As long as Euroscepticism  may question the foundations of some constructions usually believed as  unshakeable , it is a subject that deserves our consideration. (Gabriela Drăgan, Director General of the  European Institute of Romania)

The structure of the study focused up on the analysis of the development of Euroscepticism and of its conceptual framing, the link between demand and supply (what the citizens of the European Union need versus what the political parties provide them with), the analysis of the citizens’ attitude towards the European Union and the presentation of the Romanian case (Sergiu Gherghina, PhD university lecturer)

As regards Romania, the Eurosceptic discourses are not utilised by any one party, whereas in the post-accession period of Romania to the European Union there were no visible Eurosceptic discourses based on the rejection of the European project, at the level of the MPs. Some vague Eurosceptic positions were presented by Dan Diaconescu’s People’s Party (Sorina Soare, PhD researcher)

Romania’s main accomplishment after 1990 was its accession to the European Union. Notwithstanding, due to the reduced level of education regarding European affairs, 15-20% of the population could be indoctrinated by a party with a Eurosceptic discourse. (Iulian Fota, founding member of the Academic Society “Europa de Mâine”).

The full study (only in Romanian) is available here

The Executive Summary (in English) is available here.

The extended Event Report is available online here.

The Photo Gallery is available online here.

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