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Why Europe?

Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration

Edited By Alina Bârgăoanu, Raluca Buturoiu and Loredana Radu

This publication tackles strategies for bridging the widening gap between the EU and its citizens. It focuses on new theoretical and empirical frameworks about EU media frames and narratives, political discourse and citizens’ perceptions in order to promote a critical, yet constructive approach to the role of communication in the process of European integration. It has been acknowledged that the least problem the EU has is a communication problem. Communication is largely ineffective against a rising sentiment of injustice and inequality among increasingly diverse national, social and political groupings across the EU. Therefore, the authors underline how EU communication and EU public sphere can shape common representations of what can unite us as Europeans.

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The Impact of Social and Cognitive Learning Experiences on European Identity Development among Young Europeans (Soetkin Verhaegen / Georgiana Udrea)

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Soetkin Verhaegen and Georgiana Udrea

The Impact of Social and Cognitive Learning Experiences on European Identity Development among Young Europeans

Abstract: This chapter investigates how the European identity is related to social and cognitive learning experiences among EU citizens. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, we look at the relevance of learning methods for the development of a (civic, instrumental and cultural) European identity among adolescents in secondary schools and Erasmus students.

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