Conservatism and Euro-realism in the European Parliament:The European Conservatives and Reformists under the leadership of Poland's Law and Justice

Steven, Martin and Szczerbiak, Aleks (2022) Conservatism and Euro-realism in the European Parliament:The European Conservatives and Reformists under the leadership of Poland's Law and Justice. European Politics and Society. ISSN 2374-5118

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Abstract

After the 2019 European Parliament (EP) election, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) party grouping experienced a major change in its representation and leadership, with the wholescale departure of its core British Conservative MEPs. Yet the ECR remained an important and coherent transnational party federation in Strasbourg, acting as a strong voice for conservatism in Europe as distinct from Christian Democracy and the radical right. With large numbers of MEPs from Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party within the grouping, there was also much continuity with policies that were opposed to ‘ever closer union’, in favour of business and the single market and also of the wider role of the USA and NATO in international relations. Often written off as merely a ‘Eurosceptic’ faction, the start of the 2019–2024 EP session saw the grouping consolidate its influence and profile in EU affairs as a distinctive right-of-centre party in the Hemicycle.

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European Politics and Society
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Politics and Society on 06/05/2022, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23745118.2022.2065725
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13 Apr 2022 16:15
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