January 7, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

News is a little different in Europe, but there’s no escaping U.S. election

This is another morning when election stories top the news in many U.S. dailies — there are three such Page One pieces in our hometown Washington Post, plus one photo and teases to three inside items — making this a good day to see what our newspaper colleagues in Europe are reporting to their readers.

Starting in lovely Andorra, nestled in the mountains between France and Spain, the Catalan-language Diari d’Andorra reports that the new apartments of Arinsal will cost 135,000 euros, no small amount to the locals. Die Presse in Vienna, Austria, plays up a study claiming that satisfaction in the country sinks. The competing Kurier in Vienna tells its readers that this is the peak season for “Dancing Stars.” The Wall Street Journal Europe, published in Brussels, Belgium, takes a look at the upcoming American elections and warns that “U.S. vote is risk for stocks,” while the Dutch-language De Morgen leads with the premier urging his own government to be realistic. In Paris, La Tribune reports that “America fears stagflation” and Die Welt in Hamburg, Germany, also leads with an economic story, this one reporting that there will be more money in the purse with taxes to be cut. La Repubblica in Rome finds space on its busy Page One to offer an item we may go back to check, about finding today on the newsstands something called “Welcome to English.”

And speaking of English, The Herald in Glasgow and The Guardian in London offer Page One photos of Hillary Clinton, with the Scottish daily reporting that “Clinton seeks to blunt Obama lead” and the English one claiming that it’s “Back to basics” for Hillary as she “borrows a soapbox.” Not to be left out of the fray in the colonies, The Daily Telegraph in London has a Page One photo of Clinton and Barack Obama, reporting that “Desperate Hillary fights for survival.” There’s no escape from the U.S. political landscape, even in Madrid, Spain, where we find a story at the bottom of Page One of El Mundo about “the great serious change to have a woman president.” We give up and will read the U.S. dailies tomorrow.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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