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David Tréfás and Jens Lucht, eds., Europe on Trial: Shortcomings of the EU with Regard to Democracy, Public Sphere, and Identity (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2010)

Gertraud Diendorfer and Heidemarie Uhl, eds., Europäische Bilderwelten: Visuelle Darstellungen EU-Europas aus österreichischer Perspektive (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2009)

Manfred Kohler

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As the title suggests, the volume edited by David Tréfás and Jens Lucht examines the purported weaknesses of the European Union (EU) in terms of democracy, public sphere, and identity. The two authors argue that the embeddedness of the public sphere in the national polity constitutes the main reason for the EU’s “shortcomings” in terms of the three aspects mentioned above. The three main contributions by Kurt Imhof, Jens Lucht, and David Tréfás content-analyze war and crisis communication as well as EU institutional events—such as, among others, the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, the Iraq War in 2003, or the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992—in the multiple media outlets of France, Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland across a time span ranging from 1956 to 2003. Such communication events normally “trigger an echo in different public arenas at the same time if they are socially relevant,” as it is explained by Jens Lucht (p. 34). The authors of the volume co...

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