No more than one year ago, the Italian government – at the time supported by a Yellow Green majority, with the Five Star Movement and the League as main shareholders – and the EU Commission were fighting a long battle over the Italian national budget. With the EU denouncing the substantial imbalances in the Italian budget draft and the Conte cabinet defending its budget ‘for the people’, social policies and welfare were de facto bones of contention between Rome and Brussels. We use Twitter communication data to try to shed light on how the political debate on this topic unfolded.
The Social Media section provides innovative insights into the political attitudes and trends shaping the European Union, as seen through the lenses of social media analysis. EuVisions collects and analyzes data from social networking platforms to offer up to date information and research on political actors and public opinion about events and debates related to the European integration process.