While it is undisputed that the Eurozone crisis has contributed to the politicization of European integration, the longer-term impact of this politicization on the structure of political conflict in Europe remains unclear. This article engages with research findings which argue that the crisis has contributed to a shift of political cleavages in Europe, from an economic (left vs. right) to a transnational (pro- vs. anti-EU) divide. We examine whether there is any evidence of such a shift in parliamentary debates about the crisis in four Eurozone states (Germany, Austria, Spain and Ireland) between 2009 and 2014. We use a combination of content and cluster analysis to identify the discursive frames that parliamentarians employed to make sense of the crisis, and then assess which factors affected how these frames were used. Our findings show that the economic (left-right) cleavage remained highly influential in shaping the four parliaments’ crisis discourse.

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Journal of European Integration
Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Hurrelmann, A, Kerr, S. (Stephanie), Gora, A. (Anna), & Eibl, P. (Philipp). (2019). Framing the Eurozone crisis in national parliaments: is the economic cleavage really declining?. Journal of European Integration. doi:10.1080/07036337.2019.1658755