Hochrangige Autoren aus Wissenschaft und Praxis analysieren die Entwicklung der europäischen Integration aus Sicht der Politik- und Rechtswissenschaft und verwandter Disziplinen. Die Zeitschrift bietet durch wissenschaftliche Aufsätze und Diskussionsforen grundlegende Analysen und Debattenbeiträge zur Europapolitik sowie Tagungsberichte und Literaturbesprechungen.
Renowned scholars and practitioners discuss current issues of European integration in the areas of political science, law and related fields of research in integration. This journal contains three categories of articles: academic contributions and fundamental analyses of European policy, conference reports and literature reviews.
Purpose narratives play an important role in the legitimization of the European Union (EU). Three goals attributed to the EU have been especially prominent: inner peace, prosperity and self-assertion on the world stage. However, all three can only inadequately justify the supranational character of European integration. A stronger justification is offered by the cosmopolitan-democratic narrative, according to which the purpose of the EU is the individual and collective self-determination of citizens beyond national borders. The cosmopolitan-democratic narrative is historically more recent and has mostly been less salient in the public debate than the other three, but nevertheless has had an important political impact on the development of the EU. Like the other narratives, however, it is not undisputed and has been the focus of various controversial debates since the 1990s.