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Euroscepticism and the Media: Migration in Online Debates

European Politics
European Union
Media
Immigration
Social Media
P050
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten
Lunds Universitet
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten
Lunds Universitet
Charlotte Galpin
University of Birmingham

Floor: First Floor, Room: Aula 14

Saturday 11:00 - 12:30 (18/06/2016)


Abstract

The most recent European Parliament elections resulted in a substantial rise in support for several parties with a political agenda critical of EU and the integration process. This phenomenon occurred in some – but not all - Member States, and the degrees and kinds of these Eurosceptic voices varied across national borders. In reporting about these elections, and Euroscepticism more generally, the media plays an active part in the construction, framing, and dissemination of Eurosceptic narratives. The recent 'refugee crisis' is a case in point where media reporting was at the forefront of exposing the divergence withing the EU leadership in regards to the common migration and asylum policy of the Union. The crisis was reported differently in different national media channels and provoked different reactions (from a generally welcoming one in Germany to the complete refusal of the acceptance of refugees in many countries of the former Eastern bloc). This panel asks what role the various media narratives on the refugee crisis have played in fostering or combating a negative view of the EU. The focus of the panel is on online media, with its potential for the hosting and promoting a pan-European debate.

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