- What does Twitter data say about #EuropeDay?
- Since 2020, the EUROM analyses Twitter data content on the commemoration of Europe Day within the project Online Memories;
- The latest results associated with this date provide highly relevant data on memory conflicts, the uses of the past, and the political tensions in the continent.
The creation of a European identity has its point of conflict precisely in this commemoration, in which Eurosceptics and pro-Europeans fight over the political space and the narrative concerning the construction of Europe, its function, its limits and its implications
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The ten most popular messages of the day have a strong institutional content, all of them sent by prominent members of the political arena. (…) Among the Eurosceptic messages, we highlight those of the French community, with slogans that are clearly in favour of a French exit from the Union, the so-called Frexit movement. (…) Meanwhile, we should position the so-called Euro-critics. Normally, unlike the Eurosceptics, this current is more hegemonic among the left, with a critical stance towards Europe, but aiming for reform rather than to challenge it. Interestingly, this year the most common theme used to represent these positions was the EU’s refugee reception policy.