Dick Oosting, CEO of ECFR
Meglena Kuneva, leader of the Reformist Bloc’s list for the EP elections
Zornitza Stoilova, Capital weekly
Daniel Smilov, Centre for Liberal Strategies
Dimitar Bechev, Head of ECFR Sofia
After years of crisis, opinion polls across Europe forecast sweeping gains for Eurosceptic parties at the EU elections in May 2014. They are especially likely to make gains in three large countries: France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, become a key political force in Greece, Czech Republic and the Netherlands and get quite a push in Denmark, Austria, Lithuania, Hungary and Finland. The euroscepticism is gaining strength in Bulgaria, too, since populist parties and public figures attack more and more frequently the pro-European consensus in the country and question the meaning and benefits from the EU membership. ECFR’s latest report analyses the roots and dynamics of the euroscepticism as a political phenomenon, providing a helpful framework for debating the case of Bulgaria.