On August 28 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán flew to Milan to meet Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. We followed the public discussion on Twitter related to the meeting, collecting and analyzing messages, retweets and comments. Twitter users’ reaction can be described within the framework of the so-called “horizontal” Europeanization of national public spheres. The concept depicts the increasing integration of the public debates between the EU countries, arising from a shared sense of belonging to the EU.
Macron Vs Orbán and Salvini: the debate on Twitter between openness and closure
Far-right parties across the Old Continent think of Europe as a nativist identity, rather than a political peace project.
What the far-right thinks of Europe
Socio-political tendencies and education both affect whether European citizens choose to show solidarity for refugees
Refugees and individual solidarity: Social beliefs, political-ideological orientations and social traits
While conclusions from the EU summit on migration have just come in, the Old Continent can look to Mogherini for advice.
Regional, national, global: Mogherini’s take on migration
As famously argued by Max Weber, world images and visions can sometimes operate as switchmen, channelling historical developments towards new directions. But ideas need political ‘carriers’. Today we see some promising ideas with potential popular support, but no available carrier.
Re-solidarizing Europe and defusing the crisis
The narrative on sovereign debt issues has changed from being focused on the benefits from fiscal consolidation to highlighting the importance of addressing systemic risk and financial fragmentation in the EMU.
The Battle of Ideas on the Euro Crisis through the lenses of ECB Inter-Meeting Speeches
This article elaborates the multidimensional concept of “EU-politanism”, which refers to respondent’s connections with citizens of other countries and their familiarity with the EU context. In recent Italian elections, voters with EU-politan experiences expressed less extreme positions on the EU and immigration.
Against Euroscepticism: practice, don't preach the EU