Today's Front Pages Analysis
What’s news in Europe today may not be news where you are
We thought we might take a look at some of the European dailies offered in Today’s Front Pages to see what editors on the other side of the Atlantic feel is deserving of Page One attention.
In London, the big news for The Guardian is “Cold war diplomacy is back as UK expels spies” with the drop head “Moscow vows retaliation after four agents thrown out over Litvinenko case” while The Daily Telegraph puts the story this way: “Putin vows revenge as Britain expels four diplomats.” Across the channel, the International Herald Tribune in Paris treats that one as the off-lead story as “London expels 4 Russian diplomats” with the deck explaining “Relations deteriorate over Moscow refusal to extradite suspect.” For the Paris Trib and other dailies in the City of Light the lead story is the French-German agreement to streamline the leadership of the parent company of the Airbus, hailed as “a great day for the Franco-German axis” by the president of France. We found big headlines about the change in the company known as EADS in La Tribune, Le Figaro and Le Monde, with the Paris Trib offering a more sedate head “Dual leadership ending at EADS.”
We checked a couple of German newspapers to see if they felt the same way about EADS. Yes, it’s the lead story in Financial Times Deutschland in Hamburg as well as in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, which plays it as a German victory with the clever head “Sarkozy allows what Merkel wants,” where Sarkozy is the French president and Merkel the German chancellor. The Basler Zeitung in Basel, Switzerland, gets to the reader with a big Page One photo of a three-member family of some years back listening to a big old radio and the head “Longing for the good old family.”
Then there’s always the weather. Take a look at page one of Die Presse or Kurier in Vienna or Prazsky Denik in Prague and you’ll get the message from the pictures if not the words: It’s hot! Indeed, that photo of the elephant being watered down also is on the front page of Lidove Noviny in Prague, where the Page One table shows that it is 35 degrees Celsius or, if you prefer, 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot for central Europe.
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Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.