Giulia Pelillo-Hestermeyer

Politische Clowns in Klartext-Manier: Expressivität und Aggressivität in Zeiten transnationaler Öffentlichkeit

Abstract: This contribution focuses on the transnational discussion in the media of a diplomatic conflict between Peer Steinbrück and Giorgio Napolitano, who were, respectively, at the time of the events in 2013, candidate for the German chancellory and Italian president. The conflict was generated by a comment made by Peer Steinbrück related to the results of the recent Italian elections: during a campaign event he stated that “two clowns” had been elected, referring to Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo. As a consequence, Giorgio Napolitano, who was in Germany at that time for a state visit, refused to meet ...

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