The following analysis covers three case studies relevant for the time period of the years 2005 – 2013 in the CEE region, namely the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. The case studies for each country cover the most relevant topics of political and public discussion as well.
The Man with Bow Tie is not a new phenomenon on the Polish political scene. I remember him very well from the old time when I was finishing high school. Few of my friends, looking for a way to earn extra money to academic scholarship, decided to get involved in politics. In Poland, it was a time when we were just started to develop policies at local level. We did not really know what this local politics is, who will be competent manager of a city or neighborhood. Many people were not even certain of the newly regained freedom and opportunities to participate in democratic elections.
The international interdisciplinary conference National Identities in CEE – Reflection of EP Election built upon the research project National Identities in CEE and, in cooperation with the Anglo-American University in Prague, reflected upon the various issues related to national identity - particularly in light of the recent election to the European Parliament, which provided ample material for study.
How do political parties shape national identity and how do they communicate issues related to national identity to their electorate? What kind of strategies do they use? Does their approach even amount to a political strategy or are they truly convinced about their representations of national identity?