Online English-language European News Publishing Partnership Expands

By: E&P Staff

Italy’s Corriere della Sera will join a Web-based English-language European news publishing partnership formed by Holland’s NRC Handelsblad, Germany’s Spiegel Online and Denmark’s Politiken.

The Milan-based daily will contribute content from its English-language Italian Life section. The paper’s Website, which averages 1.6 million online readers daily, has published English-language news about Italy online since 2004.

Spiegel Online quoted its editor in chief, R?diger Ditz, saying: “Together with Italy’s most venerated daily and our other partners in Rotterdam and Copenhagen, we plan to offer independent and opinion-shaping journalism on issues facing Europe and the international community from diverse perspectives. We plan to do this in a network modeled after airline alliances — one that promotes the members’ national identities while at the same time building the platform for a truly pan-European dialogue.”

Politiken Editor-in-Chief Stig ?rskov said “Corriere della Sera will add substance and authority to our coverage of one of Europe’s most important regions.” He added that negotiations are under way to further expand the network this year.

Spiegel Online and NRC Handelsblad joined forces in 2008 to plan an English-language network of private publishers across Europe. Since then, the companies frequently exchanged and collaborated on content. When Politiken joined last year, the partners covered the run-up to the European Parliament elections with interviews with opinion-makers across the Continent as part of a “27 Views of Europe” project.

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