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If one newspaper is read in all European countries it is probably the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The New York Times. In second and third place are the Financial Times and The Economist, both newspapers from a country that is only half heartedly a part of Europe.

Europe now has its own currency, central bank, parliament and court of justice. As soon as the Lisbon Treaty comes into effect it will have a genuine president and a foreign minister. Yet, when it comes to getting information about Europe there is not a single transnational medium that Europeans can turn to.

European vacuum

There is no European newspaper that is read by Italians and Czechs alike, no single website where both Spaniards and Swedes go to get their news, no TV news programme that is broadcast to every living room in Europe at 8 p.m. A few German-language media, like Die Zeit or the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, do have some influence beyond their national borders. But there is no Europe-wide debate, not even in the run-up to the European elections in June.

by Nomad on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 05:07:45 PM EST
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Eh. They apparently never heard of Euronews, EUobserver, EUbusiness. There is a slight non sequitur smell to the intro of this article...

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by DoDo on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 04:07:06 AM EST
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How many Europeans have heard of Euronews, etc?

The idea that the IHT is a one-stop source of pan-Euro interest is bizarre, because - well - it doesn't really cover Europe much.

But Wallstrom has - as usual - missed the point that popular Euro-branded media would help create a pan-European identity.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 05:12:35 AM EST
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ThatBritGuy:
The idea that the IHT is a one-stop source of pan-Euro interest is bizarre
How can anyone not see the IHT is a newspaper for American expats?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 05:31:15 AM EST
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