From Alternative Narratives to Citizens True EU Stories

FACTS aims to identify the existing rumours, narratives and fake news about the European Union that are present among mobilized and non-mobilized citizens. It also aims to clarify if these elements hinder the development of a European citizenship.

Project number: 615563 Duration: 2020-2021 (Open) Budget: 146.160 €


The project also aims to test the robustness of the traditional narrative of peace and prosperity that is still evoked as the main achievement of the European Union. FACTS tries to contrast if time has made a dent in this narrative; if it continues to be a powerful mobilizing factor; or if mobilized and non-mobilized citizens think of a different narrative than that of peace and prosperity.

FACTS will compare the perspectives of citizens in different member states. The project will explore whether the divergences, if any, are geographic; if the narratives remain just as strong as in different times and whether age or gender play a decisive role in the position regarding the EU. To explore the different narratives, FACTS will inquire about their origin, or if narratives or information that come from an acquaintance have more credibility. The aim will be to answer questions such as what makes citizens more inclined to believe alternative narratives, rumours or fake news and if there are common trends in all these false narratives about the European Union.

In the last phase, FACTS will bring together citizens from each member state that has participated in the project with national parliamentarians and MEPs to discuss the main findings of the project and encourage the exchange of ideas. The objective will be that mobilized and non-mobilized citizens can speak directly with their democratically elected political representatives and can convey to them their positions and vision regarding the European Union, especially those related to narratives and disinformation.


  • Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
  • Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
  • Wise Europa
  • Das Progressive Zentrum (DPZ)
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Grant decision No. 615563 and acronym FACTS


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