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Evolving Euroscepticisms in the British and Italian Press

Selling the Public Short

  • Challenges the notion of an impartial British fact-centred press covering Europe – by revealing how it is often as persuasive as its Italian counterpart

  • Reveals how Berlusconi and Murdoch have played their part in the persuasion engendered in their titles

  • Explores how we very much come to see and understand Europe via the prism of nation and despite the globalised web age, there is often an abrogation of responsibility by EU/national politicians and journalists to communicate clearly and comprehensively the actual EU-focused story

  • Analyses how the likes of even more popular Eurosceptic forces have come to the fore, such as the Five Star movement in Italy and UKIP in Britain


About this book


 This book argues that the discursive construction of the EU in national newspapers is pivotal in creating an environment of Euroscepticism. The volume challenges the persuasive, manipulative and prejudicial language that is sometimes peddled in the influential UK Murdoch and Italian Berlusconi press, using the main focus points of the key Eurosceptic triggers of the euro; the subsequent national economic crises; and immigration, investigated through major events covered over two decades, including the UK’s recent Brexit vote and Italy’s constitutional crisis. Rowinski looks at the latest chapter of Euroscepticism: the increasingly key protagonists of the UK Independence Party and Italy’s Five Star Movement, who want to take Britain out of the EU and Italy out of the euro. This book offers a rigorous academic analysis presented in an accessible style to experts and laypersons alike, exploring concrete articulations of Euroscepticism in the press.


Euroscepticism Murdoch Europe Berlusconi politics press British newspapers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BedfordshireLutonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Paul Rowinski is Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and has worked for the regional, national and transnational press for two decades, including as a UK central European correspondent.

Bibliographic information


“There is something refreshingly overt in the crusading, polemical passion of this book. … Rowinski in particular sets out to deconstruct the illusion of any ‘impartial […] fact-centred’ press cover-age of Europe. … In doing so, he crucially challenges a liberal model of press influence and responsibility as a disinterested watchdog mediating between power and the populace.” (Alec Charles, Journalism Education - The Journal of the Association for Journalism Education, Vol. 6 (3), 2017–2018)