The Euro Crisis and the Question of Solidarity in the European Union: Disclosures and Manifestations in the European Press

Maria Kontochristou, Evi Mascha


Solidarity lies at the very heart of European society as a value and a guiding principle for numerous policies. Since the eurozone was created, solidarity has functioned as one of the political parameters necessary for sharing responsibility for financial implications and austerity measures. Behind every financial assistance, measure and subsidy lies the solidarity principle, which holds each member state responsible. The article discusses the concept of solidarity, mentions its lack or omission and addresses the attitudes in the debate on solidarity portrayed in the press. More specifically, the article discusses the disclosures and manifestations of solidarity covered by the Franco-German press during the economic crisis. The study is carried out via content analysis and discourse theory.

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Review of European Studies   ISSN 1918-7173 (Print)   ISSN 1918-7181 (Online)

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