To get an overview of the stance different political parties have on Europe and the extent to which European integration was politicised in the run-up to the 2018 elections, we followed Italy’s election campaign on Twitter from February 19th up to election day. The Democratic Party (PD) presented itself as the ‘only alternative’ to the anti-European populism and the sovereignist closure that characterizes its competitors.
The 2018 State of the Union conference organised by the European University Institute (EUI) that took place in Fiesole and Florence on May 10 and 11 triggered a strong online debate among participants, stakeholders and the general public.
During the two days, the EuVisions observatory monitored discussions related to the main event-hashtag #SoU2018.
We have followed 1,579 candidates and tracked their Twitter conversations in the two weeks before the Italian parliamentary elections. Also, we collected 400,000 citizens’ retweets and replies to candidates’ tweets.