Journalism’s unpaid internship complex
Emma Roller

If you were to replace ‘journalism/media’ with ‘EU affairs’ in your article, you would be describing one of the more insidious causes of the disconnect between the European Union and its citizens.

Here in what is commonly called the Brussels Bubble, many young people get their first break either by being the child (or even grandchild) of someone already here, or by doing barely-if-at-all paid internships, subsidised by their middle-class-or-higher parents.

The result is that the EU is largely formed by people from privileged backgrounds in an echo chamber where everyone they know, or will ever meet, knows that the EU is a Good Thing, and so simply cannot understand why anyone would ever vote against it.

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