Publisher Archant launched The New European as a ‚pop-up paper’ in response to the Brexit vote. In just nine days from concept to news-stand, the project has been created at top speed. And the initial plan is for just four weeks, so it is seen as an experiment.
Although it is a national weekly, it will be sold at first only in regions of the UK that voted REMAIN in favour of staying in the European Union. So the capital London, south of England, Manchester and Liverpool are target areas. The New European is also available as an online subscription, priced 2.36 euros (2 British pounds).
Editorially the NE has an eclectic range of contributors, with top commentators such as Peter Bale of the Centre for Public Integrity ( the Panama Papers investigators). Germany’s Tanith Koch, editor in chief of Bild (top selling tabloid newspaper), Wolfgang Blau, formerly of Zeit Online and the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland are amongst the columnists.
New European has declared itself to be a ‚politician free zone’ – a wise move in the current situation, where politics is in a state of flux. The Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. So have the leaders of the referendum LEAVE campaign Michaal Gove, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. Prime Ministerial candidate Angela Leadson has quit the contest and Teresa May will now become Prime Minister on 13th July.
Most of the Opposition Shadow Ministers have also resigned, because Labour failed to persuade voters in its northern heartlands to vote REMAIN. But so far Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is resisting demands that he should step down.