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Article on Spanish euroscepticism published in SESP

Our article with Pepe Real on the development of public and party-based euroscepticism in Spain after the economic crisis has been published ahead of print in
South European Societies & Politics
. Details below:

José Real-Dato  & Aleksandra Sojka. 2020. “The Rise of (Faulty) Euroscepticism? The Impact of a Decade of Crises in Spain,” South European Societies and Politics, 

Euroscepticism in Spain has so far constituted a marginal phenomenon. A decade of political and economic crises could, however, be setting the stage for rising Spanish opposition to the European Union (EU). By analysing recent survey data and party manifestos, we verify to what extent this might be the case. We find that both public and party-based euroscepticism has gained ground in the traditionally euro-optimist Spanish context over the period under study. We argue, however, that such critical stances towards the EU do not constitute a fundamental turn against the process of integration in Spain. Rather, the country has witnessed the rise of ‘faulty’ euroscepticism rooted in the domestic political crisis.

Keywords: European integration, European Union, public opinion, political parties, party positions, political trust, Podemos, Vox



Podcast on EU solidarity for Agenda Publica


Las tensiones internas en la Unión Europea se manifestaron a partir de los efectos de la pandemia. Algunos se preguntan por el principio de solidaridad y cooperación sobre el que se sostiene esta alianza. De ellos nos ocupamos en este episodio.


La crisis del COVID19 ha puesto de manifiesto diferentes aspectos, problemáticas y debates en nuestras sociedades. En el caso de la Unión Europea han reflotado ciertas tensiones entre grupos de países que esperan que la organización ejerza un rol determinado. El problema es que la definición de dicho rol no necesariamente es la misma para todos los Estados Miembro.

¿Qué está pasando en la Unión Europea? ¿Cuáles son sus desafíos frente al COVID19 y los conflictos desatados a nivel político, económico y social? ¿Se pone en riesgo la integración, crecerán las posturas euroescépticas o se trata de una oportunidad para reforzar el proyecto europeo?

Lo discutimos con la coordinadora editorial de Agenda PúblicaYanina Welp, y con tres analistas invitados:

Aleksandra Sojka, profesora visitante en el departamento de ciencias sociales de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Luis Bouza, profesor de Ciencia Política en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y en el Colegio de Europa. Miembro de OpenEUdebate y co-creador del podcast Europe after Coronavirus.

Álvaro Oleart, investigador postdoctoral en la Universidad Libre de Amsterdam. Miembro de OpenEUdebate, colaborador en el proyecto Reconnect Europe y co-creador del podcast Europe after Coronavirus.


Conducción: Yanina Welp y Franco Delle Donne

Edición: Franco Delle Donne


Commentary on Polish elections for the LSE EUROPP Blog

Here is my commentary on the Polish parliamentary elections, published on the LSE EUROPP Blog 

The previous version of the post appeared on the “Who governs Europe” blog

Chapter in the book “Borderlands in European Gender Studies,” Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality

I am very happy to announce that the book Borderlands in European Gender Studies, Beyond the East-West Frontier, edited by Teresa Kulawik (Södertörn University) and Zhanna Kravchenko (Södertörn University) to which I have contributed a chapter on whiteness and European citizenship in the context of East-West mobility. The book is part of the series Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality, and according to the reviewers it is:

“A brilliant and challenging critique of hegemonic East/West, North/South, and three-world narrative cartographies of feminist theory from the positionality and epistemic lens of the Eastern European borderlands and post-state socialism. Theorizing Eastern Europe and the Balkans as the European “Other”, Borderlands traces a “cartography of absences” and makes a compelling argument for the significance of multiple, relational boundaries and borderlands as fundamental to a newly inclusive and capacious radical feminist project. A book that belongs on the bookshelves of all radical scholar-activists engaged in struggles for gender and economic justice globally.” –

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University.

“This is a stunning and important critique. It brings a new perspective to the history of post-state socialism, thus “provincializing” the story Western academic feminism has long told about itself. The introduction provides a compelling reassessment of the terms of (Western) feminist theory, exposing its debt to Cold War epistemologies. The essays nicely demonstrate how new knowledge can be produced when the boundaries between East and West are courageously transgressed.” – Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.

Section “Identity and Populism” at the ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw

Together with Pawel Karolewski (University of Wroclaw), I am chairing the section S23 “Identity and Populism” at the next ECPR General Conference that takes place in Wroclaw, Poland.

I am looking forward to the 8 panels and almost 40 exciting papers that we have selected in the section this year, you can check out the full schedule & abstracts here.

See you in Wroclaw!