Europe and the Right in Italy: an ambivalent relationship

Quaglia, Lucia (2005) Europe and the Right in Italy: an ambivalent relationship. South European Society and Politics, 10 (2). pp. 281-295. ISSN 1360-8746

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This article focuses on the three main parties of the centre-right coalition, namely, Forza Italia, the National Alliance and the Northern League during the period 1994-2002, with a view to analyzing and explaining their outlook on Europe and to elucidating how this has affected Italy's EU policy during the negotiations of the Constitutional Treaty. It is argued that Euroscepticism has emerged among parties of the right in Italy, albeit this pattern has not been uniform, nor has it had watershed effects on Italy's EU policy. During the period 1994-2004, the Northern League moved from pro-European attitudes to Euroscepticism, whereas the National Alliance moved in the opposite direction, abandoning, at least formally, its past Euroscepticism. Forza Italia's stance is very fluid, mainly because the attitude of its leader towards European integration is unclear. These trends, which break with the pro-European outlook of governing political parties in the First Republic, need to be contextualized by considering domestic institutions, historical legacies and public opinion attitudes, all factors that explain the overall continuity of Italy's trajectory in the EU, despite the change in the domestic politics of Euroscepticism.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Right/Centre-Right Coalition, Italy, Europe, Euroscepticism, Europeanization, European Integration
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Lucia Quaglia
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2012 10:07
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