3 Thinking and Researching Political Borders
In the introduction to this study, I have already noted that the methodological un-
certainty that one encounters when researching an external EU border is further
complicated by the spectral character of any border. This spectral character re-
fers to the phenomenological indeterminacy and fuzziness of borders in general.
This is to say that there is no phenomenon of a border as such. Consequently,
borders are only tangible and experienceable by their proxy or representation (cf.
Cremers 1989: 38
6. Which reform path for the Eurozone?
A mapping of political actors and their influence
in the German debate
Björn Hacker and Cédric M. Koch
The heated nature of debates surrounding the crisis of the Eurozone repeatedly
gives the impression of unprecedented controversy. In tracing out positions of
key actors in the German debate, however, it will become evident that a cor-
nerstone in the sharp divide between champions of a stability union and ad-
vocates of a fiscal union was laid very early on. Specifically, an age-old conflict