The project sought to contrast the solidity of the traditional narrative of peace and prosperity that is still evoked as the main achievement of the European Union. FACTS tested whether the time had made a dent in this narrative; whether it remained a powerful mobilising factor; or if mobilised and non-mobilised citizens thought of a different narrative than that of peace and prosperity.
The FACTS project compared citizen perspectives in different member states, exploring whether the divergences, if any, were due to geography; if the narratives were still just as strong; or if age or gender played a decisive role in the citizens’ position regarding the EU. To dissect the different narratives, FACTS inquired about their origin, analysing whether they had more credibility it they were coming from a closer circle of contacts. The aim was to understand what made citizens more inclined to believe certain rumours or fake news, and whether there were common trends in all these narratives about the European Union.
After bringing together citizens from Italy, Greece, Germany, Poland and Spain in focus groups, the results were analysed and disseminated by each project partner:
In the last phase, FACTS brought together citizens from the different member states that have participated in the project with national parliamentarians. Together, they discussed the main conclusions of the project and exchanged ideas. Thus, mobilised and non-mobilised citizens were able to speak directly with their political representatives and convey their positions regarding the European Union and their visions, especially those related to narratives and disinformation.
The conclusions of the project were reflected in the final monograph, which has been published by each project partner:
Project Manager: Marina Utges Serra
Grant decision No. 615563 and acronym FACTS
Carme Colomina, Research Fellow, CIDOB and Héctor Sánchez Margalef, Researcher, CIDOB (eds.)
Carme Colomina, Research Fellow, CIDOB and Héctor Sánchez Margalef, Researcher, CIDOB