Spanish media and the EU referendum 2016: the assault on an enlightened project

Fernando León-Solís*, Enric Castelló, Hugh O’Donnell

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The amount of coverage of the 2016 EU referendum in the Spanish media was remarkable. This is not surprising as Brexit was seen as a threat to a European project celebrated for having delivered political, social and economic benefits to Spain in consonance with the values of the European Enlightenment of universal reality-based rationality. However, one of the most salient factors in the Spanish media coverage is related to the internal political life of the country, and, as a result, there was no homogeneous Spanish view. Instead, a range of ideologically grounded interpretations was produced in which the independence of Catalonia featured as highly as the future of the European Union.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReporting the Road to Brexit
EditorsA. Ridge-Newman, F. León-Solís, H. O'Donnell
Place of Publication[S.I.]
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319736822
ISBN (Print)9783319736815
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2018


  • Spanish media
  • referendum
  • representative democracy
  • people
  • populism


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