March 17, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Looking at the world we share through European editors’ eyes

This seemed like a good morning to check out newspapers far afield to see what is going on beyond U.S. shores. We took a quick look at some of the European front pages on our Web site.

Kleine Zeitung in Graz, Austria, has a large Page One photo of hands checking money in a wallet with the headline “What remains for us is always less,” and a reference to taxes. The weather forecast doesn’t help, with rain expected, as seems the case universally. Moving over to Brussels, Belgium, what caught our eye in looking at Het Nieuwsblad was not the news but the offer above the nameplate of four DVDs of the Smurfs, another bow to universality. Also in Brussels, the European edition of The Wall Street Journal leads with “Global crisis will worsen, run into ’09, banks warn.”

But for several dailies, the troubles in Tibet and the accusations of the Chinese being involved in cultural genocide made Page One. That’s the story that leads Lidove Noviny in Prague even as it rates major Page One play in Die Welt in Hamburg and Nepszabadsag in Budapest. Corriere della Sera in Milan, Italy, also has Tibet on Page One but prefers to play up “The French punish Sarkozy,” reporting on the election losses of the French president. But for DAG in Amsterdam, Netherlands, it’s the Chinese stepping on the Tibetans, with photo, while Jornal de Noticias in Lisbon, Portugal, has the Dalai Lama accusing the Chinese of “cultural genocide.”

Moving over to the English-speakers, The Daily Telegraph in London notes, “Market turmoil expected as US bank runs out of cash,” which is a little behind reports that the matter has been resolved.

But when we turned to The Guardian in London we decided that civilization was safe. No, it’s not the exclusive lead story reporting that former Prime Minister Tony Blair supposedly offered “to meet masked IRA leaders.” No, it’s the even bigger type above the nameplate reading “FREE Great poets of the 20th century Seamus Heaney,” noting that The Guardian is “continuing our unrivalled series of collectable booklets,” and promising Siegfried Sassoon tomorrow.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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