Since the financial and economical crisis in the EU has led to strong conflicts between the states of the Euro zone, the political communication in the EU has left the form of a transnational, growing shared public sphere and assumes more and more the character of a conflictual discourse between national actors. The tendency towards renationalization in Europe is not only the result of populist movements on the merges of the political spectrum, but it also involves deep transformations in the political culture of important European nations, particularly in Germany. This paper aims to reconstruct some steps of the change of the German public sphere from the beginning of the Euro crisis until today, and it argues that the German discussion about the Euro crisis distorts and falsifies the real problems as cultural clichés overlay the economic issues. Seen this way, the German debate on the Euro crisis also mirrors the fading of the old west German post-war identity and the ambivalences of the new German political culture.
Walter Privitera, PdD,
Docente di Sociologia Generale
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale,
Università di Milano – Bicocca