In recent years, Eurosceptics have gradually gained ground in Europe, culminating in their resounding success in the British referendum of June 2016, and leading, for the first time in the history of the process of European integration, to an individual country’s exit from the European Union. More and more, this phenomenon has drawn the attention of the world of politics, information and culture, but there are still many aspects that need to be studied and examined, not least because euroscepticism is commonly confused with eurocriticism or even other-Europeanism; also, the relationship between «new» euroscepticism, born out of the contradictions of the Maastricht Treaty, and «old» anti-Europeanism, an expression of the logic of the Cold War, has never been carefully examined. The objective of this volume is to analyse the situation through an interdisciplinary approach, which is particularly helpful for understanding a multifaceted and elusive reality.
Guido Levi is a researcher of the History of International Relations at the University of Genoa. One of his many publications, co-authored with Fabio Sozzi and relevant to this subject, is «Unione politica in progress. Partiti e gruppi parlamentari europei (1953-2014)» (Cedam 2015). Daniela Preda is full professor of Contemporary History and holds the Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in «History and Politics of European Integration» at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Genoa.