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In this paper, Espen D. H. Olsen and Hans-Jörg Trenz confront some commonly held assumptions and objections with regard to the feasibility of deliberation in a transnational and pluri-lingual setting, relying on a solid set of both quantitative and qualitative data from EuroPolis.
Espen D. H. Olsen and Hans-Jörg Trenz
This paper investigates the transition of German foreign policy towards active participation in military operations abroad. It is argued here that exaplanations of German policy change should focus on the processes of deliberation and justification in the national public sphere.
ARENA Working Paper 10/2002 (html)
In this article Trenz argues that the tension between normative standards and legitimating practice should be considered as constitutive for the emergence of a European public sphere. Against recent attempts to define the European public sphere in purely descriptive terms, this implies the need to re-introduce the normativity of the public sphere as part of the dynamics of an evolving communicative space in Europe.
At the eve of the EU enlargement to central and eastern Europe, this article discusses the implications of enlargement to the European Economic Area. Focusing on the negotiations deciding the financial burden for ancient EEA states, the author attempts to explain the outcome by various factors - including the state of public opinion.