The Setting: The Greco-German Affair on the Euro Stage

  • Claudia Sternberg
  • Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni
  • Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


This opening chapter introduces the object of the book’s empirical enquiry, referred to somewhat playfully as ‘the Greco-German affair’ during the Greek debt crisis. The authors discuss their methodology and the relevant literature and explain the import of the concept of mutual recognition for their study. Even after the devastating impact of the Euro crisis, they argue, the EU’s transnational set-up remains distinctive in its tentative move towards a demoicracy, which entails an ongoing experimentation with the promise and limits of mutual recognition, and with the challenge of building binding trust among the European peoples.


Mutual recognition Demoicracy Trust European integration Euro crisis Greece Germany 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Sternberg
    • 1
  • Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni
    • 2
  • Kalypso Nicolaïdis
    • 3
  1. 1.European InstituteUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.European InstituteLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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