Op-Ed: The European Union through the eyes of leading newspapers

Posted Apr 28, 2013 by R. C. Camphausen
Six Leading European newspapers jointly produce a supplement every half year with detailed analysis and perspectives concerning developments and problems within the European Union. Issue 4 deals with the dwindling public support for the EU.
One of twelve winning designs from the  New symbol for Europe  competition. Design by Rachel Graham
One of twelve winning designs from the 'New symbol for Europe' competition. Design by Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham
All of the papers cooperating in the project, a semi-annual supplement named Europa, are well-known and respected daily newspapers in their country of origin: El Pais (Madrid), Gazeta Wyborcza (Warsaw), La Stampa (Turin), Le Monde (Paris), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich) and The Guardian (London).
Living in the Netherlands, I'm not a subscriber to any of these papers, but came to know about this through another pan-European, multilingual media project called Presseurop. This is similar to the above mentioned project, yet it has other players, updates daily and is web-based, while Europa is a paper edition. Here's how Presseurop describes itself: a Paris-based news website publishing a daily selection of articles chosen from more than 200 international news titles, then translated into ten languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish and Czech).
Financially supported by the European Commission, was established in 2009 by a consortium of four magazines specialising in international news: Courrier International (Paris), Courrier Internacional (Lisbon), Forum (Warsaw), and Internazionale (Rome). Its multilingual team enjoys complete editorial independence.
In my opinion, digital journalists (and others) with an interest in European matters should have this as a bookmark for frequent reading.
This 2011 map shows the 27 member states of the European Union in color
This 2011 map shows the 27 member states of the European Union in color
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But back to Europa. For English readers, The Guardian has a Europa page featuring more than 20 articles, translations from the other papers plus own work, bringing a variety of perspectives together. The articles deal with the public perception of the EU, the growing lack of trust, the possible UK exit from the union, austerity economics and rising unemployment. The articles cover the period from October 2012 up to now, April 2013. Readers of other languages can access the French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish versions through Presseurope.