Research & Data Analysis


Brexit and Twitter: a tale of two campaigns


Our results show that the Leave battlefield was more populated in the Twitter debate on the referendum. Contents, slogans and hashtags pertaining to this side have been more actively propagated and more widely discussed. Our results indicate that even small groups can become “agenda setters”, when acting online in a coordinated and organised fashion, especially in highly polarised debates. 


Corbyn’s EU-turn speech as seen from Twitter


As expected, Corbyn’s pro-EU speech provoked a lot of criticism from the right-wing Brexiteers, conservatives and UKIP supporters. However, a considerable negative reaction also came from leftist Twitter users. We tried to shed some more light on these results by processing the negative tweets through text clustering applications. 


Renzi vs Juncker: a social media analysis


Renzi Vs Juncker_Languages

As with any communications battle, much of the row between Italy and the Commission is taking place in and through the media, including social ones. Here we want to analyse the effects and resonance of this clash in the Twitter sphere. In particular, we focus on the recent war of words between Renzi and Jean-Claude Juncker, triggered by the latter’s critical remarks towards Italy during the Commission’s new year’s press conference. The Renzi-Juncker quarrel is the latest, and certainly one of the most visible episodes in what some have called a new fault line in European politics.


Cameron’s renegotiation speech and intra-Eu migration: how the we reacted (Open Democracy, January 2016)

On November 10, 2015 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron held a keynote speech at the Chatham House, launching his proposals for the reform of the European Union – a preliminary step and condition to the referendum on Britain’s stay in the Union, which will be held by 2017.Using natural language processing (NLP) techniques, we have analysed reactions to Cameron’s speech on the micro-blogging platform Twitter.


Review: “Europa, la dernière chance de l’Europe”, by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (Biblioteca della Libertà, maggio 2015) EN




If compared to the plethora of publications dealing with the euro crisis, this volume by Giscard d’Estaing stands out for several reasons. In the first place, there’s a lot of emotional charge that transpires from the pages of this book. The first part of the narration is embedded with flashbacks from the golden years of European integration (read sixties and seventies) and traits of nostalgia.



Le elezioni europee del 2014 nei media tedeschi: un’analisi del dibattito pubblico (IT)

Ulrich Beck, noto sociologo tedesco, aveva pubblicato un saggio dal titolo Europa tedesca, in cui accusava Angela Merkel di perseguire una politica di potenza in Europa. In particolare, Beck (2013) accusava il Governo del proprio paese di aver guadagnato una posizione egemonica nel continente e di essere responsabile dell’equilibrio negativo venutosi a creare nell’UE. Oggi, a più di un anno dal discorso di Gauck, se può dirsi «superata» la fase critica legata al «problema greco», rimangono gli stessi interrogativi posti in quel discorso: quale deve essere la forma di questa Europa? E quale dovrebbe essere il ruolo della Germania?



Neoliberalism or social investment strategies: a discourse analysis of the President of the European Commission



Discourse matters, it is a tool, a weapon in the hands of policy actors which must create consent in the polity. In the EU governance studies the mechanism of discursive diffusion has been identified as one of the main paths through which ideational elaboration in a multilevel governance structure is able to re-calibrate cognitive approaches to policy making.


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