Challenging Europe: Understanding and Solving the Euro Crisis
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Having in the previous chapter explored how citizens in Europe are connected to the European public sphere and how they are involved in the process of the communicative construction of Europe, we now focus on the euro crisis as a specific moment of activation. We ask how a legitimate Europe is constructed in the citizens’ perspective on the euro crisis. As we have already seen, the euro crisis represents a meaningful moment for European citizens, provoking significant changes in their communicative practices and thereby activating hitherto established forms of public connection (cf. chapter 6). The euro crisis is a potential moment of challenge for public connections, because citizens begin to question and re-negotiate the legitimacy of the EU. We argue that the euro crisis does not represent a serious risk for the European public sphere and its legitimacy but, in contrast, mobilises communicative constructions. It becomes a reason to discuss and reflect on the process of the communicative construction of Europe with respect to its legitimacy.
KeywordsMember State Economic Cooperation European Citizen Interview Partner Communicative Construction
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