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Has there been a European public discourse on the Euro crisis? A systematic content analysis of newspaper editorials on the Euro crisis in Germany and Spain

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie Arbeitsbereich Makrosoziologie
Abstract "According to some observers, the Euro crisis could have provoked a broad politicization of European affairs and the emergence of a European-wide public discourse, paving the way for a democratic deepening of the EU. In this paper, I test whether there has been a common public discourse on the Euro crisis beyond national borders through a systematic content analysis of editorials in center-left and center-right quality newspapers in Germany (Euro zone core) and Spain (Euro zone periphery). Based on the research literature, I formulate three indicators for such a European public discourse: (1) the same issues have to be discussed at the same time across the member states of the EU; (2) their interpretations should differ according to the ideology of the discussant instead of his/her nationality; and (3) opinions should differ according to the ideology of the discussant instead of his/her nationality. My analysis shows that the public discourses on the Euro crisis have not met these requirements. I found significant differences between Germany and Spain, while cross-cutting ideological differences did not play a significant role. I conclude that there has not been a European public discourse on the Euro crisis." (author's abstract)
Keywords Euro; crisis; discourse; newspaper; editorial; Federal Republic of Germany; Spain; European integration; Eurozone; political opinion; ideology
Classification European Politics; Media Contents, Content Analysis
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 40 p.
Series Berliner Studien zur Soziologie Europas / Berlin Studies on the Sociology of Europe (BSSE), 33
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications