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Constructing the threat of terrorism in Western Europe and the European Union
A genealogy
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Chapter Two provides a genealogy of the threat of terrorism discourse, as it has been articulated in Western European, European Community (EC) and European Union (EU) security discourses. The first section investigates the intellectual and practical origins of the threat of terrorism discourse in Western Europe between the 1970s and the events of September 11, 2001. It traces the emergence of terrorism as a transnational security problem for European governments, exploring the link between the discourse on terrorism and the creation of a transnational framework for cooperation on matters of cross-border law enforcement (Trevi); and later a holistic system of governance for the provision of internal security under the auspices of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). The second section investigates the (re)emergence of the EU’s ‘fight against terrorism’ discourse following the events of September 11, 2001 and its subsequent evolution across three periods: the post-September 11 period; the post-Madrid period; and the post-Breivik period. The chapter identifies the ‘key texts’ that will be analysed, drawing out the main strands of the ‘fight against terrorism’ discourse that make up the focus of the empirical analysis conducted in the rest of the book.

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The European Union’s fight against terrorism

Discourse, policies, identity


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