disease metaphor in the German and
the Italian corpus. The persuasive and ideological potential of recurrent disease metaphors
will be explored in order to provide an interpretation of the positions of Germany and Med-
iterranean countries such as Greece and Italy in European media discourse.
Title: Collapse, Shock, and Virus. On the Metaphors of Disease in the Press Coverage
of the Greek Economic Crisis 2015. A Comparison of the German and Italian Press
Keywords: metaphors in press discourse; persuasion; criticaltheory of cognitive met-
aphors; disease as a source