Oana Romocea continues her series in the Huffington Post with an article about how racism came to dominate the European elections in the UK, drowning out other issues.
Oana argues that some party leaders knew how to use the media potential better than others by creating controversial issues which made the headlines. Hence the political debate was reduced to polemics rather than party manifestos.
Republished with kind permission of the author
Oana Romocea is the Communications Manager at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.
Originally from Romania where she grew up and trained as a journalist, Oana has also spent three years in Croatia as a volunteer with ex-Yugoslav war refugees where she first encountered the horrifying outcomes of unchecked nationalism and ethnic discrimination.
"There is a saying which goes: ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.’ For me this encapsulates the European project which doesn’t just bring together two nations but twenty eight. In a globalised world where communities are eroded by divisiveness, Europe needs to establish itself as a model of strategic cooperation among member states whose aspirations are not merely economical but seek the strengthening of their communities. This can only be achieved if we all strive to make the most of our common European identity born from the embrace of twenty eight distinctive national heritages. Only then a strong sense of ‘Europeaness’, a truly European identity is far more likely to arise.”
Afterwards she moved to the UK for post graduate studies, and is currently completing her PhD in migration studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Since 2005, her role with the Communications Department of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, has exposed her to extensive media experience and cultural communications. Oana is responsible for the weekly New Europeans online newspaper which can be accessed by clicking
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