The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics

The Impact of Eastern Enlargement on Rights, Activism and Prejudice

  • Koen Slootmaeckers
  • Heleen Touquet
  • Peter Vermeersch

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Koen Slootmaeckers, Heleen Touquet, Peter Vermeersch
    Pages 1-16
  3. The Broader Picture: LGBT Issues in the EU

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Koen Slootmaeckers, Heleen Touquet, Peter Vermeersch
      Pages 19-44
    3. Mattias Kristoffersson, Björn van Roozendaal, Lilit Poghosyan
      Pages 45-67
    4. Uladzislau Belavusau, Dimitry Kochenov
      Pages 69-96
  4. Zooming in: Central and Eastern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Conor O’Dwyer, Peter Vermeersch
      Pages 123-145
  5. Close-ups of the Western Balkans

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-238

About this book


This book offers a well-investigated and accessible picture of the current situation around the politics of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights and activism in Central Europe and the Western Balkans in the context of the enlargement of the European Union (EU). It provides not only thoughtful reflections on the topic but also a wealth of new empirical findings — arising from legal and policy analysis, large-scale sociological investigations and country case studies. Theoretical concepts come from institutional analysis, the study of social movements, law, and Europeanization literature. The authors discuss emerging Europe-wide activism for LGBT rights and analyze issues such as the tendency of nationalist movements to turn ‘sexual others’ into ‘national others,’ the actions and rhetoric of church actors as powerful counter-mobilizers against LGBT rights, and the role of the domestic state on the receiving end of EU pressure in the field of fundamental rights.



LGBT Europeanisation Sexualities Western Balkans Central Europe Eastern Europe European Union Lesbian and Gay politics Same-sex marriage Gender politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Koen Slootmaeckers
    • 1
  • Heleen Touquet
    • 2
  • Peter Vermeersch
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Politics and IRQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.KU Leuven – University of LeuvenLeuven International & European StudiesLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.KU Leuven – University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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