George W. Bush's second election campaign gained widespread public attention - not only in the United States, but also throughout the world and particularly in Europe. From a transatlantic perspective, this high degree of attention is widely considered to be the result of the deep differences between Europe and the U.S. which emerged in the course of the 2003 Iraq war. However, there is little agreement about the nature and the durability of these differences. Some political analysts argue that these differences reflect a deeper value gap, which has been growing especially since the end of the Cold War, in parallel to the European integration process, raising questions about whether the transatlantic alliance can work efficiently. In light of the importance of the American-European partnership in the area of international relations, these differences are the starting point for a comparative research project on European media coverage of the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

CMC Staff

Gabriele Melischek

Josef Seethaler (Project Leader, Contact)


Claudia Avanzini; Hans Christian Berger; Konrad Antoni Biernat; Anna Burjak; Sandra Egger; Claudia Gassner; Blanka Heckermann; Barbara Heigl; Yvonne Hitzl; Philipp Hlawacek; Alexandria LaCapitaine; Roberto Mura; Irene Nawrocka; Veronika Pressler; Matthias Revers; Julia Schätz; Nóra Staub

Congress Organisation

War, Media, and the Public Sphere: An International Symposium (with the Department of Media and Communication Sciences, University of Klagenfurt), Vienna, 5-7 March 2009

Publications and Lectures