TITLE

Die russische Elite in der Republik Moldau: Populismus und Euroskeptizismus?

AUTHOR(S)
DOM, ROSANNA
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Südost-Europa;2012, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p264
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper deals with Populism and cultural anti-Europeanism as a type of Euroscepticism amongst the Russian elite in the Republic of Moldova. The analysis shows that the elite is very present in public spaces and often uses strong symbolism and populist rhetoric. It shows all the characteristics of a populist movement. In order to overcome political marginalization that was caused by the breakdown of the USSR, the Russian elite tries to maintain boundaries between them and the Moldovan government and to legitimate their ethno-political organisations by constructing a notion of a new Eurasian empire dominated by East-Slavs as a counter-balance to Europe and the Western world. Accordingly, the anti-European discourse of the Russian elite can be defined as post-imperial. Moreover, this paper points out that the anti-European approach of Moldova's Russian elite is a deeply rooted view of Europe as "the other" which is part of the anti-Western tradition of Russian intellectual history. The views of the Russian elite therefore have to be perceived not as culturally anti-European, but as anti-Western or anti-Occidental.
ACCESSION #
85402912

 

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