EUGenDem workshop: European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times

The second in the series of EUGenDem workshop sessions on ‘European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times‘ took place on 22 January 2021.

Democracy within the European Union (EU) and thus the legitimacy of the EU itself, constitute permanent concerns for decision-makers, and indeed, academics. Against this background, the only directly elected EU institution, the EP, justly becomes a focal point of public and scholarly attention as the key democratic supranational actor. This workshop presented some cutting edge research on EP’s political groups thereby examining in depth supranational democracy. The workshop engaged with highly topical issues: Eurosceptics and right-wing parties in the EP, as well as Europarties and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Chair: Johanna Kantola (Tampere University, Finland)


Nathalie Brack (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium): How do Eurosceptics wage opposition in the European Parliament? Explaining Patterns of behavior in the 8th legislature (co-authored with Anne-Sophie Behm, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Ariadna Ripoll Servent (EUI, Italy and College of Europe, Belgium): When words do not follow deeds: An analysis of party competition between Eurosceptic and mainstream right-wing parties in the European Parliament

Tapio Raunio (Tampere University, Finland): Shaping the EU’s future? Europarties, European Parliament party groups, and the Conference on the Future of Europe

Time: January 22nd 2021, 11:00-12:30 (EET)

The full program of the EUGenDem workshop series can be found here.

In case of questions about the workshop, you can contact Barbara Gaweda (