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    A credible and independent media is the best way to counter Russia’s information strategy in the EU

A credible and independent media is the best way to counter Russia’s information strategy in the EU

The concept of ‘hybrid warfare’, which incorporates traditional military strategies alongside media and information campaigns, has been a feature of discussions surrounding Russia’s response to the Ukraine crisis. But if this form of aggressive information warfare is being pursued by the Kremlin then how should the EU and the West respond in defending its interests? Katarzyna Sobieraj writes that […]

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    Exposure to news about immigration and crime is positively associated with support for anti-immigration parties

Exposure to news about immigration and crime is positively associated with support for anti-immigration parties

What explains the electoral performance of anti-immigration parties across different countries? Bjorn Burscher examines the relationship between news about immigration and crime, and anti-immigration voting in 11 countries. He finds that exposure to these news topics is positively associated with the likelihood to vote for an anti-immigration party.

Anti-immigrant parties exist in many established democracies. Their electoral strength varies over […]

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    Greater media choice risks creating an information gap between ‘news-seekers’ and ‘news-avoiders’

Greater media choice risks creating an information gap between ‘news-seekers’ and ‘news-avoiders’

For democracy to function correctly, citizens need to have an adequate level of political knowledge on which to judge political representatives. Media use is generally regarded as being one of the key factors affecting the distribution of this information, but how has the greater media choice provided through the Internet and other mediums affected the knowledge of citizens? Jesper […]

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    Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

The so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process, in which European-level political parties proposed formal candidates for President of the European Commission prior to the European Parliament elections, has been strongly opposed by David Cameron and the British government. This opposition has led to intense disagreement between the UK and other EU states, notably Germany, over whether Jean-Claude Juncker, the candidate for […]

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    The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens

The debates between candidates for Commission President have a long way to go if they are to generate real engagement with EU citizens

One of the key innovations in the 2014 European Parliament election campaign has been the inclusion of televised debates between candidates for the next President of the European Commission. Nick Anstead assesses the debates which have taken place so far. He writes that while televised debates are a good option for improving citizen engagement with the campaign, the discussions […]

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    The real problem in Italian democracy is not the electoral law, but Silvio Berlusconi’s continued grip over the country’s media

The real problem in Italian democracy is not the electoral law, but Silvio Berlusconi’s continued grip over the country’s media

Italy’s new prime minister Matteo Renzi has made electoral reform one of his key priorities, with a new electoral law currently under consideration in the Italian Senate, having been passed in the lower house of the Italian parliament last week. Valentino Larcinese writes that while Renzi may succeed in his attempts at electoral reform, the fact that he has […]

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