The European Union is under significant pressure. During the previous European elections, an unparalleled number of MEPs with critical stances towards the EU were elected in almost all European countries. Ever since, the public debate has suffered from a surge of anti-EU voices that reduce the European project to its flaws, with the sole aim of undermining it altogether. The financial crisis, the refugee crisis and Brexit have all contributed to the image of a weakened Europe.
Our project seeks to understand the complex sources of popular attitudes related to European integration, to track the political discourse that runs against the European project and to create a platform of debate, with academic output that has genuine societal impact.
Communicating EU aims to approach the most relevant and pressing issues pertaining the development of the European project by bringing together scholars, policy-makers and the general public interested in topics related to the EU. We seek to develop the most suitable communication mechanisms to be used in engaging with publics, as this will become an essential part of the European institutions’ future mission in counterbalancing anti-EU narratives.
The topic of the 2018 conference is Euroskepticism, minorities and the Rule of Law.