By Peter RuedyAuthor Peter RüderWe all know that Germans love their news, but they also love to write about it.
But with German newspapers having a long history of covering stories from the left, the right, and the middle of the political spectrum, many of them seem to have become too political.
That’s because the majority of news in Germany is left-leaning.
And for that reason, there’s an increasing need for more diversity in how they publish stories, according to the author of this book, Anne Fabelhaferwelt.
As the first in a three-part series on the diversity of news, the book is divided into two parts.
Part 1 takes a look at the left-wing daily newspaper Die Zeit and the right-wing newspaper Bild.
It examines how the two newspapers differ in how their stories are presented.
Part 2 examines how they have been edited to make their coverage more progressive.
“The left-oriented newspapers have had to be edited to have a more liberal stance,” Fabelbauerwelt told DW.
“There’s a general feeling that the press has to have an opinion on issues.
That has led to a certain amount of liberalising.”
In the German newspaper industry, the left is perceived as more right-leaning, but Fabelhefterwelt says this has been driven by the German press being more liberal, in part due to the political climate in Germany.
In other words, it is a matter of time before German papers become left-liberal, she said.
This may be because of the influence of the Greens and the Green Party in German politics.
And with the upcoming presidential election, Fabelsheuerwelt believes that this will likely be a topic of debate.
But the right is also important to Germany.
The right is known for its right-of-center approach, which often includes a strong pro-business stance.
Fabelherwelt explains that in the past, the far-right parties of the past have been the dominant parties.
“Today, the political landscape has changed, and there’s a clear gap between the mainstream parties and the far right,” she said, adding that this gap is likely to continue.
“What we are witnessing now is the end of the dominance of the right,” Fabherweet said.
“The far right is being eclipsed by the right wing.”
For example, when it comes to Germany’s economy, the National Democratic Party (NPD) was the party with the largest share of votes in the country’s 2017 election.
And the party’s leader, Frauke Petry, is considered a liberal in many aspects.
The NPD also came third in the 2016 elections.
Fabherhaferherweelt says that the right should be represented in politics in Germany, but this does not mean that the left must be left-of the center.
“It would be nice to have more left-left debate in politics,” she told DW, “but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that the two sides have different views on issues.”
In fact, she thinks that left-on-center views in German media are now more important than ever.
“I don’t think the left has become more left,” Faberweet added.
“I think it has become less left.”
Read more: The rise of right-on and left-center politics in German journalism