Presentation Title

"One country alone cannot solve these problems": German Leadership's Role in Europe's Decade of Crisis

Presenter's Name(s)

Sophia KnappertzFollow

Project Collaborators

Pablo Bose (Undergraduate Thesis Advisor)

Abstract

This project aims to look at how a number of crises have challenged the project of a unified Europe. I do so by looking at how Germany – a country that has increasingly emerged as a leading voice within the EU – has been affected by and provided leadership through such moments. In particular, I focus on the Eurozone crisis of 2009-2013, the migrant crisis of 2015-2017, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. I aim to explore what these crises mean for the political, economic, and cultural project that posits Europe as a supranational body and unified collective. Using discourse analysis and policy analysis, I explore how German government leaders have dealt with crisis to show how they have affected European cohesion and mobility and consider how such incidents might impact the European project into the future.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Pablo Bose

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Global Studies

Primary Research Category

Social Sciences

Second Program/Major

Anthropology

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"One country alone cannot solve these problems": German Leadership's Role in Europe's Decade of Crisis

This project aims to look at how a number of crises have challenged the project of a unified Europe. I do so by looking at how Germany – a country that has increasingly emerged as a leading voice within the EU – has been affected by and provided leadership through such moments. In particular, I focus on the Eurozone crisis of 2009-2013, the migrant crisis of 2015-2017, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. I aim to explore what these crises mean for the political, economic, and cultural project that posits Europe as a supranational body and unified collective. Using discourse analysis and policy analysis, I explore how German government leaders have dealt with crisis to show how they have affected European cohesion and mobility and consider how such incidents might impact the European project into the future.