The Euro Crisis in the Media

Journalistic Coverage of Economic Crisis and European Institutions
Edited by: 
Robert G. Picard

The Euro Crisis produced the most significant challenge to European integration in 60 years - testing the structures and powers of the European Union and the Eurozone and threatening the common currency. The financial and political emergency was shaped by problems in the banking sector, national fiscal policies, and sovereign debt held by Eurozone nations. The European and the global economies are still enduring the lingering effects of the events.

This book explores how the crisis was portrayed in the European press and the implications of that coverage on public understanding of the developments, their causes, the responsibilities for addressing the crisis, the roles and effectiveness of European institutions, and the implications for European integration and identity. The chapters address issues related to the media portrayals and provide a clear and readable explanation of what the depictions tell us about Europe and European integration in the early twenty-first century. 

The authors explore how the roots of the crisis were described by media, the contextualisation of events, how responsibility was assigned, national stereotyping, expectations and trust in European Institutions, the roles of European leaders, the extent of social and political debate, language used to describe the events, how coverage varied nationally and in papers with different political orientations, the influences of differing journalistic cultures, and whether a pan-European public sphere was evident.

Based on an extraordinary range of comparative research across 10 European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland Spain, and the United Kingdom), this book will be essential reading for practitioners, scholars and students of media, current affairs and politics.

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Editor biography

Robert G. Picard is North American Representative and former Director of Research at RISJ, a research fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a specialist in media economics and policy, author and editor of 28 books, and has consulted for numerous governments and international organisations including the European Commission, UNESCO and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

"Rigorous comparative scholarship shows how European media still  overwhelmingly see even a shared European problem through national prisms"

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford

"This is a fascinating and ambitious book project. Its outstanding feature is its extensive content analysis of how the Eurozone crisis was covered in ten different countries across the European Union. It shows clearly and convincingly that news media cover the crisis very differently in different countries and that there is only a limited degree of overall cross-country coherence to public discussion over this common problem and that very few discussions transcend national borders."

Katrin Voltmer, Professor of Communication and Democracy, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds