Vol. 13 No. 25 (2022): Oltre le sociologie. Dialoghi interdisciplinari su incertezza, rischio e vulnerabilità

European Sentiment in time of crises. The point of view of young university students

Mariaeugenia Parito
Università di Messina
Ricardo Pérez-Calle
Università di Saragozza
Lucia D’Ambrosi
Sapienza, Università di Roma

Published 2023-02-16


  • European identity,
  • trust,
  • youth,
  • social media,
  • disinformation

How to Cite

Parito, M., Pérez-Calle, R., & D’Ambrosi, L. (2023). European Sentiment in time of crises. The point of view of young university students. SocietàMutamentoPolitica, 13(25), 235–246. https://doi.org/10.36253/smp-13441


The latest emergencies – economic, refugee, and the pandemic of Covid-19 – has impacted in European collective identity construction, especially in Southern Europe. This article investigates if the pandemic crisis has activated in young Italian and Spanish university students nationalistic or/and European responses. The analysis, based on an online survey, uses the partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) statistical method to perform an exploratory analysis of the explanatory theoretical model of European sentiment. The results show that young people attribute several meanings to Europe during the pandemic, which are based mainly on making informed decisions and recognizing a common space of interaction as an opportunity of peace, security and democracy. The findings highlight the role of EU communicative actions in increasing trust in national and European institutions.


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