In search of a new role in world politics. The common European foreign, security and defence policies (CFSP/ESDP) in the light of identity-debates in the member states’ mass media

Institution:

Freie Universität Berlin

Director:

Staff:

Financial support:

DFG, RECON

Term:

Jan 01, 2005 — Dec 31, 2009

Partner:

  • ARENA Oslo
  • Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)

Duration:

2005-2008 (DFG), 2007-2009 (RECON)

Abstract:

The end of the Cold War brought about a strategic shift in the field of foreign, security and defence policies in Europe. In particular, events like wars, humanitarian catastrophes or terrorist attacks provoked public debates about the future role of the European Union in world politics both in the EU member and the candidate states. The project investigates whether these debates led to the construction of a common European identity. In a longitudinal, comparative, qualitative and quantitative study the media coverage and debate on military and humanitarian intervention will be analysed that took place in the major broadsheets of seven EU member states, among them long-term members like France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as rather new member states like Austria and Poland. A non-European control case, namely the U.S, is also included. The period of analysis covers sixteen years (1990-2005). The main question of the project is whether a common self-understanding and shared normative convictions have developed in the field of common European foreign, security and defence policies since the end of the Cold War. Furthermore, in case the search proves successful, we will assess how these findings can be explained.

Publications:

  • Biegoñ, Dominika (2006). Europäische Identität in Polen – Numerische Zuschreibung oder qualitative Identität? Berliner Debatte Initial 17 (6): 44-55.
  • Del Sarto, Raffaella / Kantner, Cathleen / Liberatore, Angela (eds.) (2006). Security and Democracy in the European Union. Special Issue of European Security 15 (4).
  • Grabowsky, Jana Katharina (2007). Mehr als Wirtschaft. Der Beitrag des Airbusprojekts zur europäischen Identität. Berlin Working Paper on European Integration No. 5. November 2007.
  • Grabowsky, Jana Katharina (2007). Stolz auf Europa. Airbus und der Beitrag wirtschaftlicher Kooperation zur transnationalen Identitätsbildung. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag.
  • Kantner, Cathleen (2006). "Die thematische Verschränkung nationaler Öffentlichkeiten in Europa". In: Kurt Imhof, Roger Blum, Heinz Bonfadelli & Otfried Jarren (eds.): Demokratie in der Mediengesellschaft. Wiesbaden: VS Sozialwissenschaften: 145-160.
  • Kantner, Cathleen (2006). "Collective Identity as Shared Ethical Self-Understanding: The Case of the Emerging European Identity". European Journal of Social Theory 9 (4): 501-523.
  • Kantner, Cathleen (2006). "What is a European Identity? The Emergence of a Shared Ethical Self-Understanding in the European Union". EUI Working Paper RSCAS No. 2006/28. Florence: European University Institute. Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies.
  • Kantner, Cathleen (2006). "Collective Identity as Shared Ethical Self-Understanding: The Case of the Emerging European Identity". European Journal of Social Theory 9 (4): 501-523.
  • Kantner, Cathleen / Liberatore, Angela (2006). "Security and Democracy in the European Union. An Introductory Framework". European Union Security 15 (4): 363-383.
  • Kutter, Amelie (2007). Petitioner or partner? Constructions of European integration in Polish print media debates on the EU Constitutional Treaty. In: Norman Fairclough, Giuseppina Cortese & Patrizia Ardizzone (eds.): Discourse and Contemporary Social Change. Bern: Peter Lang: 433-457.
  • Renfordt, Swantje (2006). "Der Streit über die Irak-Resolution 1441 als gemeinsamer europäischer Rechtsdiskurs". Berliner Debatte Initial 17 (6): 64-75.
  • Renfordt, Swantje (2007). Auf dem Weg zu einer europäischen Öffentlichkeit? – Eine Mediananalyse europäischer und amerikanischer Debatten über den Irak-Krieg 2003. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag.
  • Schmitt, Simone (2007). Zur Konstruktion europäischer Identität. Deutungen europäischer Identität in Medientexten und Interviews. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag