Euroscepticism as an Instrument of Foreign Policy

Sharon Pardo, Neve Gordon

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This article advances three arguments about Euroscepticism. First, using Israel as a case study we describe its alliances with Eurosceptic political actors, claiming that while each side hopes to benefit from these alliances to advance particular interests, the attraction among the actors are based on ideological affinities that do not align with the norms informing EU policies. If these norms become more contested, it may make it more difficult to construct a ‘normative power’-based approach in EU foreign policy. Second, we reveal how third parties can use Euroscepticism as an instrument for shaping EU foreign policy. Finally, we expose how this strategy produces a political paradox. By allowing itself to become an instrument deployed by a third party, the Eurosceptic member state also agrees to be pushed back into the fold of the EU apparatus, thus reconstituting itself as an internal actor, one which has stakes in the process and is willing to play by the rules of the game.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-412
Number of pages14
JournalMiddle East Critique
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2018


  • EU Foreign Affairs Council
  • EU-Israeli relations
  • Euroscepticism
  • Greece
  • Normative Power Europe
  • Populist radical right parties
  • Syriza

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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