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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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Members of the EU, but Feeling European? An Analysis of How Romanian Officials Assume Identities during the Refugee Crisis (Radu-Cristian Răileanu)

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Radu-Cristian Răileanu

Members of the EU, but Feeling European? An Analysis of How Romanian Officials Assume Identities during the Refugee Crisis

Abstract: Building on the indexical property of pronouns, and starting from the principle that identity is dynamically constructed and context-dependent, this chapter looks at the identities employed by the Romanian President and Prime Minister during official sessions with the press where they discussed issues regarding the refugee crisis.

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