Coping, struggling, or just getting by? Brexit and its implications for Czech and Slovak security and defence policies


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Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Contemporary European Studies
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Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords Brexit; security and defence; Czechia; Slovakia; coping strategies; logic of appropriateness; logic of consequence; europeanisation
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Description The overarching goal of this article is to investigate the extent to which and the ways in which the Brexit process impacted the policies of Czechia and Slovakia in the security and defence (S&D) domain between 2016 and 2020 and how the two countries positioned themselves in this area during the withdrawal negotiations. More specifically, the study explores 1) the strategies pursued by Czech and Slovak national authorities to cope with Brexit (hiding, seeking shelter, hedging); 2) the underlying logics of these strategies (the logics of appropriateness and consequence); and 3) how these coping strategies influence the Europeanisation of Czech and Slovak foreign policies (especially in terms of undermining or reinforcing them). The analysis draws on information derived from semi-structured elite interviews and numerous off-the-record meetings with diplomatic sources, senior civil servants and other officials from Czechia and Slovakia alike.
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