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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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EU and the Refugee Crisis from the Romanian Perspective (Oana Ştefăniţă / Georgiana Udrea)

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Oana Ştefăniţă and Georgiana Udrea

EU and the Refugee Crisis from the Romanian Perspective

Abstract: This chapter analyses the Romanian people’s perceptions of the current refugee flows and the challenges they are dealing with in today’s Europe. By means of in-depth interviews we aimed at revealing the perceived effects of the migrant crisis at the national level, people’s opinion on the EU’s response to the crisis and the envisioned solutions for crisis management.

Keywords: European Union, migration, refugee crisis, citizens’ perceptions

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