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Aleluya por Europa! Press treatment of the European Union in Spain and the United Kingdom

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Spain's pro-Europeanism contrasts with Britain's ambivalence and scepticism towards the European Union. The anti-European press in Britain has no equivalent in Spain, and Spanish coverage of Europe often appears positive and in keeping with the accepted image of a Spain committed happily to Europe. Bias is evident in the presentation of issues. It is here that much is revealed of national attitudes to Europe, and why electorates respond with comfort or discomfort to their country's European commitment. This study examines the contrasting presentation of European issues in the Spanish and British press and attempts to determine to what extent coverage assists in understanding Spain's europesmo, and why Europe remains, in both countries, a question of national perspective.

Keywords: Britain; Spain; europesmo; identity; press; scepticism

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2001

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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