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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Bârgăoanu, Alina, 1974- editor. | Buturoiu, Raluca editor. | Radu, Loredana Title: Why Europe? : narratives and counter-narratives of European integration Bârgăoanu Raluca Buturoiu, Loredana Radu (eds.) Description: Frankfort am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2017. Identifiers: LCCN 2016057750 | ISBN 9783631679296 Subjects: LCSH: Communication in politics—European Union countries. Classification: LCC JA85.2.E85 W49 2017 | DDC 341.242/2—dc23 LC record available at

Cover Image: Diana Dumitriu, HybrESTization of the West (fragment), Tempera painting and pastel,

This book is a key deliverable of the project Jean Monnet Chair - EU Communication and the European Public Sphere 542822-LLP-1-2013-1-RO-AJM-CH

ISBN 978-3-631-67929-6 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-07138-2 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-70226-0 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-70227-7 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-07138-2

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