Prof Michaela Maier: "Shades of EU scepticism 2024"

Part of the series of lectures "Politics in Europe"

Date: 02.05.2024
Place: Building
B3 1, room 0.13

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Prof Dr Michaela Maier

Prof Dr Michaela Maier is Professor of Communication Psychology at the Institute of Communication Psychology and Media Education at the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University of Kaiserslautern-Landau. She initially studied German studies / journalism with a minor in political science at the University of Bamberg and the University of South Carolina before gaining her doctorate in media studies at the University of Jena in 2001. She took up her current professorship in 2008.

Michaela Maier is currently Vice Dean for Research at the Department of Psychology and spokesperson for the interdisciplinary potential area SCOPE (Societal COmmunication in times of PErmacrisis), which focuses on computational social sciences. She is also a member of the DFG Senate and Grants Committee for Research Training Groups and spokesperson for the Digital Behavioural Data Coordination Group at GESIS, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Her research focusses on political communication and science communication.





Eurosceptic parties have been an obvious challenge for the European Union during the last decade. In recent campaigns for the European Parliamentary elections, especially issues like the loss of national sovereignty, a perceived democratic deficit, economic concerns but also questions of immigration and border control have been exploited by Eurosceptic, often populist parties. They give a voice or even fuel citizens’ growing hostility and ambivalence towards these aspects of the European project – at the same time challenging established pro-EU parties to take a stance on European matters. The interesting question of course is, how pro-European parties react to this challenge.

In my talk, I summarize how Eurosceptic and pro-European parties have strategically communicated their respective positions during the last EP election campaigns and compare these findings to materials from the current campaign.

Interested parties are cordially invited to attend. Please register in advance at vinciane.pilz(at)