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    A Primordial Attachment to the Nation? French and Irish Workers and Trade Unions in Past EU Referendum Debates
    We aim to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics that are driving EU politicisation and the rising Euroscepticism of workers and unions in the public sphere. One explanation frames the rise in Euroscepticism in cultural terms, emphasising workers' alleged primordial attachment to their nation. A second uses socio-economic frames, linking growing Euroscepticism to the increasingly neo-liberal direction of the EU. The weight of these competing frames in the referendum campaigns on the EU Constitution in France and the Lisbon Treaty and the Fiscal Treaty in Ireland cannot be measured easily, as the categorisation of a phrase as socio-economic or cultural is in itself subject to political classification struggles. We therefore presents the findings of an inductive lexical analysis of all Irish Times, all Le Monde and all worker- or union-related articles published in almost all national media outlets during the mentioned referendum debates. This was made possible by the Alceste software package that allowed us to analyse very large corpuses of articles inductively. Our analysis reveals that socio-economic terms dominated policy debates in both countries. The findings question existing EU politicisation studies that were measuring the salience of different frame types by deductive analysis. 
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    Les syndicats ont-ils été oubliés de la campagne européenne ?
    (The Conversation, 2019-05-22) ; ;
    Le premier débat en France traitant des élections européennes du 26 mai 2019 – qui a réuni 12 candidates et candidats têtes de listes le 4 avril – a surtout marqué le public par sa longueur et sa cacophonie.