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The Czech EU policy: domestic political context and key priorities
Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales de Praga.
Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales de Praga.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7574-3253
2011 (English)In: Revista de Historia Actual, ISSN 1697-3305, Vol. 9, no 9, 65-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article summarizes the ideological points of departure, the domestic political context and the key priorities of the Czech Republic’s European policy since 2007. We have identified three most important (and most controversial) topics: 1) the Czech EU presidency, 2) the Lisbon Treaty and 3) the eurozone. The most significant event for the country during the period was the Council Presidency in 2009; which actually delivered some concrete results but will probably most be remembered for the accompanying domestic quarrels. The Lisbon Treaty ratification exemplified the divisions among the country’s political elite; with a powerful group of euro-sceptics who advocate the loosening of the European integration and who are increasingly opposed to the Czech Republic’s participation in EU’s (or eurozone’s) policies. The eurozone crisis hardened Czech opposition to euro. The majority of politicians and the general public intend to remain outside of the euro-zone, the country is moving in the direction of ‘splendid isolation’.

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2011. Vol. 9, no 9, 65-79 p.
Keyword [en]
Czech Republic, European integration, euro-scepticism, eurozone
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Political Science
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33432OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33432DiVA: diva2:1142215
Note

This article is a shortened and updated version of a book chapter Beneš, Vít and Mats Braun, “The European Dimension of the Czech Foreign Policy”, in Michal Kořan (ed.), Czech Foreign Policy in 2007 - 2009: Analysis. Praha: Institute of International Relations, 2010, 59-92

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