Euroscepticism in Slovakia: The broken promise of prosperity and stability (TruLies Blog by Marta Králiková)

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The attitude of Slovak citizens towards the European Union is to some extent a paradox: despite positive perception of the EU and recog­nition of its merits, there is generally little interest and low level of partic­i­pation in European affairs. The recent crises shaking the EU however have shown that this permissive attitude changes when devel­op­ments in the EU require demon­stra­tions of solidarity, directly affecting lives of Slovak citizens. How have the scepticism and criticism towards the EU taken root in Slovak society?

Marta Králiková is a PhD candidate at the Comenius University Bratislava.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Marta Králiková´s contri­bution can be found here.