Migration Policies Debates in the European Parliament: Does the Mainstream Right Stand Its Ground?
Focusing on migration policies debated in the European Parliament (EP), this chapter studies the plenary speeches of four right-wing political groups between 2009 and 2017. The objective is to observe the narratives of mainstream right Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) (European People’s Party [EPP]) and their evolution over time, as well as to compare them to the speeches of three peripheral right groups’ representatives (ECR, EFD(D), ENF). As the latter gained significant political weight following the 2014 European elections, we expected the EPP speeches to be progressively suffused with some peripheral right discursive content, reflecting a more restrictive and nationalist position. However, we found a high level of EPP discursive independence towards these peripheral right groups as its narrative patterns have mostly remained similar over time and have kept a distinct content.
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