The European (newspaper)

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The European
The European newspaper 0001.jpg
Front page of the first issue
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Robert Maxwell (1990–91)
Barclay Brothers (1992–98)
Launched 11 May 1990 (1990-05-11)
Language English
Ceased publication 14 December 1998 (1998-12-14)
City London
Country United Kingdom
OCLC number 25062933

The European, billed as "Europe's first national newspaper", was a British weekly newspaper founded by Robert Maxwell.[1] It lasted from 11 May 1990 until December 1998.

Time magazine (15 May 1990) reported that Maxwell originally envisioned a daily with a circulation of 650,000, but by the launch date plans had been cut down to a more realistic weekly with circulation of 225,000. In reality, the circulation peaked at 180,000, over half of which was British.

Following Maxwell's death, the Barclay brothers bought the newspaper in 1992, investing an estimated $110 million and in 1996 transforming it into a high-end tabloid format oriented at the business community edited by Andrew Neil.

In 1996, the London-based European had a staff of 70 in London, 3 in Brussels, 1 in Paris, 1 in Berlin, 1 in Moscow, as well as a network of 100 freelance writers throughout Europe.


Maxwell founded the paper in the fervor which immediately followed the destruction of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Iron Curtain - The European's name is a reflection of the feelings of pan-European unity which were brought on by the historic changes, an ideal which Maxwell wholeheartedly supported.[2] Among its innovations was a weekly short fiction contribution from published and previously unpublished writers.

Former contributors (partial list)[edit]


1990: Ian Watson
1991: John Bryant
1992: Charles Garside
1993: Herbert Pearson
1994: Charles Garside
1996: Andrew Neil
1998: Gerry Malone


  1. ^ Michał Jacuński (Fall 2008). "The role of European political parties in closing the communication gap within the European Union. A critical view" (PDF). Central European Journal of Communication. 1 (1). Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Cusack, Andrew (21 July 2008). "The life & death of The European: An idea before its time or the mad dream of a master swindler?". Norumbega. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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