Investigates the way politicians and citizens evaluated the European Union and the process of European integration in public debates during the 2009 European Parliament elections. The authors present detailed, rigorous analysis of citizens' online response to news stories, and reveal new evidence about the dynamic nature of online contestation of Europe and the degree of convergence towards Euroscepticism.
Such convergence provides new challenges for democratic representation in the EU, and insight into the public basis for a legitimate European Union.
‘In this book, European contestation has come of age.
Pieter de Wilde, Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz deliver a tour de force in mapping the multifaceted debate about Europe among parties and citizens in twelve countries. Informed by rich media data they argue convincingly that opposition as well as support for Europe comes in different shades: it can be partial, conditional, or temporal. This is a wonderfully nuanced book for scholars, students and policy makers concerned about Europe’s future.’
Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam