par Sierens, Vivien Denis
Référence Belgium: The State of the Federation (6th Edition: 21 December 2017: Brussels)
Publication Non publié, 2017-12-21
Communication à un colloque
Résumé : Long considered as losers of the integration process, national parliaments have now come back. Since the Lisbon Treaty (Auel and Christiansen 2015, Fromage 2015) but also with the economic and financial crisis, national parliaments have tried, with varying degrees, to play a more important role in EU affairs (Auel and Hoing 2014, Auel et al. 2015). There has been a burgeoning literature to understand how, to what extent and under which conditions national parliaments can affect EU politics and policies (Benz 2004, Cooper 2012, Fasone 2014, Raunio 2009, Sprungk 2013).On the basis of this body of work, the aim of this paper is to concentrate on one key issue: Brexit and how it is discussed in Belgian parliaments. Brexit has triggered an existential crisis for the EU and has led to new debates on the future of Europe. In the past, Belgium always tried to be at the forefront of those debates and pushed for federal ideas at the EU level. However, since 2014, the main party in the governing coalition labelled itself eurorealist and sits with the British Conservatives in the EP. The objective of this paper is therefore to see if these developments have had an impact on the ways Belgian politicians discuss and frame the EU and its future. To do so, this will rely on a Social Network Analysis of parliamentary debates in the federal, Flemish and Walloon parliaments.