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“We are the Green ones”: How news on climate change make ‘Us’ European

Hemming Pedersen, Leif and Boye Bjerregaard, Magnus (2016) “We are the Green ones”: How news on climate change make ‘Us’ European. Euro Crisis in the Press (14 Jun 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

As research on European integration ever so often seems to point out, the European Union suffers from a democratic deficit. The challenge lies in the distance between lawmakers and citizens, between the EU-elite and the national publics, and between the very national identities of the European people. When searching for a bridge over these distances we just as often end up in a “chicken and egg” type of problem – do we need a common European public to mend the fractures in the European democracy, or do we need a fully democratic union before a common public can arise? No matter how we view this challenge it seems increasingly clear that the utopian dream of one European people with one common identity united in one common public discussion will not present itself any day soon. So, in academia, we have set out to look for the EU. We search in the everyday discussions of each national public and first and foremost we search carefully for the EU in the national media. And as we search, the more EU we find in terms of topics, actors and communicative exchange across borders the happier we get. However, the EU we get a glimpse of once in awhile is often not the EU of community, cohesion, and common identity. More often than not, we find an EU that keeps its distance to the citizens, or worse, an EU, which is seen as an external force seeking to usurp the national democracy one directive at a time. This description will be recognized in media across nations such as the UK, Greece, Hungary and Denmark.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/eurocrisispress/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE Euro Crisis in the Press Blog
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 13:38
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 23:23
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/77667

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