Let’s talk about Europe. Explaining vertical and horizontal Europeanization in the quality press (2007)


This paper contributes to the ongoing quest for a European public sphere understood as a structural transformation of national media debates. The process of Europeanization has a vertical and a horizontal dimension: an increased focus on the EU as well as more attention for other European countries. A content analysis of quality newspapers in five EU member states covering a period of 20 years reveals common trends across different countries but no convergence over time. Four different patterns of Europeanization can be identified: comprehensive Europeanization, segmented Europeanization, Europeanization aloof from the EU, a parochial public sphere. This paper pushes research in this area ahead by identifying and testing factors which explain these differences in newspaper coverage. In-depth case analysis as well as regression analysis show that the editorial mission of a newspaper and the size of a country have a significant effect on patterns of Europeanization. Contrary to common expectations, the number of correspondents in Brussels and the degree of popular identification with Europe did not significantly affect patterns of Europeanization.

Brüggemann, Michael; Kleinen-v. Königslöw, Katharina (2009): Let´s talk about Europe. Explaining Vertical and Horizontal Europeanization in the Quality Press. In European Journal of Communication 24 (1), pp. 27–48. Available online at http://www.state.uni-bremen.de/pages/pubApBeschreibung.php?SPRACHE=de&ID=68.

Grenzen politischer Transparenz in Europa (2007)


Über eine Million Dokumente umfasst das Internet-Angebot der EU – eine gewaltige Informationsmenge, die den Bürgern per Maus-Klick unter http://europa.eu zur Verfügung steht. Und doch beklagt Richard Upson vom Brüsseler Think Tank European Citizen Action Service ein „Informationsdefizit“. Zwar geht von Brüssel eine wahre Informationssturmflut aus, aber damit ist nicht gesagt, dass die Bürger die Informationen bekommen, die sie suchen und die für sie relevant sind. Die Folgen dieses Defizits zeigen sich am weit verbreiteten Unwissen über die EU, das auch einen Teil der Skepsis gegenüber der EU erklärt.

Brüggemann, Michael (2007): Grenzen politischer Transparenz in Europa. In Die politische Meinung 55 (5), pp. 9–13. Available online at https://www.kas.de/de/web/die-politische-meinung/artikel/detail/-/content/grenzen-politischer-transparenz-in-europa.

Segmented Europeanization. Exploring the legitimacy of the European Union from a public discourse perspective (2007)


The article presents the results of a longitudinal newspaper analysis on the Europeanization of public discourses in five EU countries. It shows that European governance is increasingly subject to public scrutiny, but neither has a common discourse in Europe developed nor has the communication lag of the EU disappeared. Therefore the EU remains largely dependent on domestic processes of legitimation.

Sifft, Stefanie; Brüggemann, Michael; Kleinen-von Königslöw, Katharina; Peters, Bernhard; Wimmel, Andreas (2007): Segmented Europeanization. Exploring the Legitimacy of the European Union from a Public Discourse Perspective. In Journal of Common Market Studies 45 (1), pp. 127–156. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00706.x.