Europeans don’t believe in the EU. At least a big chunk of those that went to the #eurovote2014 don’t. Otherwise one cannot explain the votes that were casted in favor of the eurosceptics and the outright populist parties. Sad but true. And I say that mainly because Europeans don’t really understand what a European Union means. They seem to expect the EU to fix all the leaks their home-states have, to solve all their misgivings or to fight successfully corruption. They want magic wands and see the European Union more as a disappointment then as a hope of a brighter unified future.
What the European Union needs to do is to talk to people in the digital media, print and on air. It needs to explain what the European Union stands for. To each and everyone. It has to show that it cares, but most of all that a union is a union; it is not a fairy with a magic wand. It needs to educate the citizens in one tone and one message all over the members’ territory in their own language and with the specifics each culture has.
The EU needs to be present at all major media channels with a single voice in all respective formats. That voice, however, should be tailored to all 28 state members’ languages and cultures. If there is an infographic, it should be made available in every language. If there is a video, it should at least have the subtitles in the local channels it is published, better yet dubbed respectively. The general information on all text and image social media channels should be made in a local language and the original one.