1st Edition

Changing Perceptions of the EU at Times of Brexit Global Perspectives

Edited By Natalia Chaban, Arne Niemann, Johanna Speyer Copyright 2020
    320 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together contributions that conceptualize and measure EU perceptions in the strategic regions around the world in the aftermath of the UK referendum. Contributors assess the evolution of EU perceptions in each location and discuss how their findings may contribute to crafting foreign policy options for the "new EU-27".

    Brexit is very likely to have a substantial bearing on EU external policy, not merely because of the loss of a major member state with a special relationship to the US and the Commonwealth, but also because it challenges the integrational success story that the EU strives to embody. This book thus serves a dual purpose: on the one hand it broadens the recent studies on Brexit by focusing on external partners’ reactions, and on the other it allows for an innovative evaluation of policy options for EU foreign policy. Based on a solid theoretical foundation and empirically rich data, it constitutes an innovative and timely addition to the evolving debate on Brexit and its consequences.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European politics, Brexit, British politics, EU politics, comparative politics and international relations.

    1. Introduction - Uncertain Change and Changing Uncertainty: The Brexit Referendum and the EU in the Eyes of the World

    Johanna Speyer, Natalia Chaban and Arne Niemann

    2. The UK’s View on Brexit and its Foreign Policy Implications

    Geoffrey Edwards

    Part I: EU Perceptions by Neighbours to the East and South

    3. ‘Brexit’ in Turkish Political Debates: End of the Road or a New Trajectory?

    Başak Alpan and Özgehan Şenyuva

    4. Perceptions of the EU and Brexit in Russia and their Influence on Russia-EU Relations

    Elena Ananieva

    5. Brexit and EU Perceptions in Ukraine

    Natalia Chaban and Michèle Knodt

    Part II: EU Perceptions Across the Wide Atlantic

    6. Increasingly Brittle? US-perceptions of the EU after Brexit and their impact on EU-US relations

    Johanna Speyer, Laura Hähn and Arne Niemann

    7. Canada’s Two Europe’s: Brexit and the Prospect of Competing Transatlantic Relationships

    Achim Hurrelmann

    8. Perceptions of the EU/Brexit in Mexico: Offsetting Negative Impacts

    Roberto Dominguez

    9. Brazil’s Perceptions of the EU after Brexit: A weaker but desirable partner

    Elena Lazarou, Tatiana Coutto and Bruno Theodoro Luciano

    Part III: EU Perceptions in the Middle East and Africa

    10. A Troubled Pair? The MENA region and the EU after Brexit

    Mujtaba Isani, Bernd Schlipphak and Daniel Silverman

    11. South Africa’s Perception of the EU after Brexit

    John Kotsopoulos

    Part IV: EU Perceptions in Asia

    12. China’s Perception of Brexit and its Influence on China-EU Relations

    Ling Jin and Emil Kirchner

    13. A Shift of Strategic Interests: Indian Elite Perceptions of Europe after Brexit

    Karine Lisbonne-de Vergeron

    14. A Distant Partner: The Japanese Perspectives of a Post-Brexit European Union

    Ken Endo

    15. EU Perceptions in Korean YouTube Videos before and after the Brexit Referendum: A Semantic Network Analysis Approach

    Sung-hoon Park and Sae Won Chung

    16. So Close Yet So Far: Australian and New Zealand perceptions of the EU post-Brexit vote

    Serena Kelly and Antonia Mochan

    17. Conclusion: External Perceptions of the EU and EU Foreign Policy Making at Times of Brexit

    Natalia Chaban, Arne Niemann and Johanna Speyer


    Natalia Chaban is Jean Monnet Chair and President of Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. She is based at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Arne Niemann is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

    Johanna Speyer is Junior Lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.