Europarties in the neighbourhood: how transnational party politics bind Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans to the EU

Chryssogelos, Angelos (2020) Europarties in the neighbourhood: how transnational party politics bind Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans to the EU. Comparative European Politics. (In Press)

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Abstract / Description

Transnational European party federations – ‘Europarties’ – are an overlooked actor of EU external relations despite their strong footprint outside the EU. This article discusses the activities of Europarties as networks of EU external relations closely aligned with the interests and values of EU foreign policy, but conditioned by their character as transnational partisan actors with distinct priorities defined by ideological affinity and political commitments to partner parties. Empirically, the article investigates the activities of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in Georgia and North Macedonia, demonstrating how Europarties can act as amplifiers of EU influence in Eastern Europe and Western Balkans, but also how their partisan interests often come into tension with EU priorities. The findings carry implications for the theory and practice of EU relations with its neighbourhood at a time when prospects for further enlargement appear significantly weakened.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europarties; EU foreign policy; European People’s Party (EPP); Georgia; North Macedonia; European Neighbourhood Policy
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Angelos Chryssogelos
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 09:34
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 09:34
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6108

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