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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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Discursive Strategies Used by Romanian Politicians in the Context of the Refugee Crisis (Florenţa Toader)


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Florența Toader

Discursive Strategies Used by Romanian Politicians in the Context of the Refugee Crisis

Abstract: This chapter offers a theoretical discussion on populism in order to differentiate it from other trends like the personalization or professionalization of political communication. Defining populism as a political discourse style, I then examine the online discourse of Romanian politicians in relation to the refugee crisis.

Keywords: Political communication, professionalization, populism, refugee crisis, social media.

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