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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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Populism and Euroscepticism, the Case of the Italian Five Star Movement in 2013: An Analysis of Party Direct Communication and Media Coverage (Cristina Cremonesi)

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Cristina Cremonesi

Populism and Euroscepticism, the Case of the Italian Five Star Movement in 2013: An Analysis of Party Direct Communication and Media Coverage

Abstract: The growing success of populist parties that have made Euroscepticism their main issue represents a challenge to the EU. It encourages one to reflect about the relation between populism and Euroscepticism. This chapter shows how the elements of populism and Euroscepticism are connected in the direct and mediated communication of an Italian populist party.

The European economic crisis, together with the recent immigration emergency, has fostered the upsurge in many European countries of both left-wing and right-wing populist parties. Most of them seem to have made Euroscepticism their main issue. This dynamic represents a further challenge to the European Union (EU) and it encourages us to reflect about the interconnections among the concepts of populism and Euroscepticism.

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