You'll Never Talk Alone: What Media Narratives on European Reforms Reveal about a Polity in the Making

64 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2022

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Henrik Müller

Techniche Universität Dortmund

Emmanuel Mourlon‐Druol

University of Glasgow

Giuseppe Porcaro

Bruegel

Tobias Schmidt

Institute of Journalism at TU Dortmund University

Date Written: December 19, 2022

Abstract

This paper analyses the discourse since 2001 in three leading national business newspapers about reforms in the European Union: Handelsblatt (Germany), Il Sole (Italy) and Les Echos (France). We collected and organised a large dataset of articles published in these three newspapers. We used topic modelling to identify latent topics across articles. Based on this database, we then addressed four research questions and found: a relative degree of synchronisation of reform debates across the three countries; comparable reporting patterns, especially around the main crises; a greater degree of direction of the debate towards European issues over national issues in Germany than in France and Italy; and the tentative emergence of a shared narrative about crises. Finally, we highlight that bringing conflict and contestation back into European discussions may help stimulate wider interest in European matters.

Keywords: Contestation, Crisis, Debates, Media, Narratives, Public sphere, Reforms, Topic modelling

Suggested Citation

Müller, Henrik and Mourlon‐Druol, Emmanuel and Porcaro, Giuseppe and Schmidt, Tobias, You'll Never Talk Alone: What Media Narratives on European Reforms Reveal about a Polity in the Making (December 19, 2022). EU3D Research Paper No. 27, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4306781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4306781

Henrik Müller

Techniche Universität Dortmund ( email )

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Germany

Emmanuel Mourlon‐Druol (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow ( email )

Adam Smith Business School
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Giuseppe Porcaro

Bruegel ( email )

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B-1210 Brussels Belgium, 1210
Belgium

Tobias Schmidt

Institute of Journalism at TU Dortmund University ( email )

Friedrich-Wöhler-Weg 6
Dortmund, 44227
Germany

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