Romania’s Manufactured Exit Campaign Rise in Social Media

An anti-EU stance has gained explicit traction especially on online platforms, sites and blogs

25 January 2022

Public figures, politicians, ex-mass media owners, lawyers, actors or simply pandemic influencers started to push for #RoExit.

It was to be expected that the public anxiety created by the COVID pandemic would bring to the mainstream conversation subjects that would have been otherwise taboo. Yet, one surprising outcome of the shifting currents of public opinion in Romanian society is the emergence of the #Roexit movement. 

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Will this movement subside once the pandemic is over and, more broadly, does it converge with larger public opinion currents crossing the whole of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)?

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Alina Bârgăoanu

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Romanian communication scholar, Dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest. She is currently a member of the advisory board of the European Digital Media Observatory and of the European Commission expert group on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training. Her research centres on the effects of populist politics in Europe as well as assessing the European Union’s attempts to maintain liberal order.

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