The Greco-German Affair in the Euro Crisis: Mutual Recognition Lost?

Professor Nicolaїdis and co-authors Claudia Sternberg and Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni draw on evidence from Greek and German media to analyse one of the most highly-charged relationships of the Euro Crisis from 2009-2015. In considering how the nations' self-understanding shifted in the process, the stories in the book illustrate more broadly the theme of mutual recognition at the very heart of the European project.


The book is constructed around a normative pivot. On one hand, the authors suggest that the tumultuous affair between the two peoples can be read as “mutual recognition lost” through a thousand cuts. On the other, they argue that the relationship has only bent rather than broken down, opening the potential for a renewed promise of mutual recognition and an ethos of “fair play” that may even re-source the EU as a whole. The book’s engaging story and original argument may appeal not only to experts of European politics and democracy, but also to interested or emotionally invested citizens, of whatever nationality.

Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations, Faculty Fellow, St Antonys College