The Name of the Game: Shaping Europe Through Self and Other

  • Claudia Sternberg
  • Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni
  • Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


Chapter 3 moves on from the book’s two central characters to the overall game in which their fraught relationship is embedded. How has the Greco-German saga affected the rest of the EU story? More specifically, how have the mutual ascriptions of Greeks and Germans affected their representations of the EU, and how has their perception of the EU game evolved as a result? The chapter discusses, in particular, the narratives of the EU’s promise of prosperity, turned into a threat thereof during the crisis; the ‘re-nationalisation’ of politics in Europe; and the fate of ‘the EU as an agent of progress’.


Prosperity Zero-sum game Re-nationalisation of European politics Competent government Governance Modernisation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Sternberg
    • 1
  • Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni
    • 2
  • Kalypso Nicolaïdis
    • 3
  1. 1.European InstituteUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.European InstituteLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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