Schöpflin graduated with a M.A., LL.B. from the University of Glasgow and received postgraduate studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. Schöpflin was elected a Member of the European Parliament for Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Union in 2004 and re-elected in 2009. He serves as a full member on the Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) and as a substitute member on the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) and its Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE).
Previously he has worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs from 1963 to 1967 and the BBC from 1967 to 1976. He taught at the school of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London (1976-2004), including latterly as Jean Monnet Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism. Until 2011 he was teaching in Forli, University Bologna, Faculty of Political Sciences.
Schöpflin’s principal area of research is the relationship between ethnicity, nationhood and political power, with particular reference to post-communism. He is the author of Politics in Eastern Europe 1945-1992 (Blackwell, 1993) and Nations, Identity, Power (Hurst, 2000), and co-editor of and contributor to Myths and Nationhood (Hurst, 1997, with Geoffrey Hosking) and State Building in the Balkans: Dilemmas on the Eve of the 21st Century (Longo, 1998, with Stefano Bianchini) and The Dilemmas of Identity, among many other publications. His latest book, Politics Illusions, Fallacies was published in 2012 by the University of Tallin.