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Critical Dictionary on Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration


Edited By Birte Wassenberg and Bernard Reitel

This Critical Dictionary on Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration is the first encyclopaedia which combines two so far not well interconnected interdisciplinary research fields, i.e. Border Studies and European Studies. Organised in an alphabetical order, it contains 207 articles written by 115 authors from different countries and scientific disciplines which are accompanied by 58 maps. The articles deal with theory, terminology, concepts, actors, themes and spaces of neighbourhood relations at European borders and in borderlands of and around the European Union (EU). Taking into account a multi-scale perspective from the local to the global, the Critical Dictionary follows a combined historical-geographical approach and is co-directed by Birte Wassenberg and Bernard Reitel, with a large contribution of Jean Peyrony and Jean Rubio from the Mission opérationnelle transfrontalère (MOT), especially for the cartography. The Dictionary is also part of four Jean Monnet activities supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union for the period 2016-2022: two Jean Monnet projects on EU border regions (University Strasbourg), one Jean Monnet network (Frontem) and the Franco-German Jean Monnet excellence Center in Strasbourg, as well as the Jean Monnet Chair of Bernard Reitel on borders and European integration. Rather than being designed as an objective compilation of facts and figures, it should serve as a critical tool for discussion between researchers, students and practitioners working in the field of borders, cross-border cooperation and European Integration.

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Euroregion Pomerania


The Pomerania Euroregion was established in December 1995 after five years of preparation as a union of local government units from Poland and Germany. It was extended to Sweden between 1998 and 2013 when it was joined by the Swedish community of municipalities of Skåne. It is located at the mouth of the river Oder to the Baltic Sea and has a maritime aspect, as both Poland and Germany border the Baltic Sea. The Pomerania Euroregion includes on the Polish side the western municipalities of the current West Pomeranian Voivodeship – a total of 96 local government units, cities, communities, and counties forming the Association of Polish Municipalities Euroregion Pomerania with its ←429 | 430→headquarters in Szczecin. The Euroregion on the German side includes the cities of Stralsund, Greifswald, and Neubrandenburg as well as some districts belonging to the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and to Brandenburg. All of them are members of the Kommunalgemeinschaft Europaregion Pomerania e.V. with the headquarters in a small town Löcknitz. In total, the Pomerania Euroregion currently covers an area of approximately 35 500 km2 and a population of approximately 2.7 million inhabitants. An important aspect of the Euroregion’s functioning is the position of Szczecin as the biggest city and the historic centre of the region as well as the proximity of the Berlin metropolis. Szczecin is also the headquarters of the Council of the Euroregion Pomerania, which is comprised of representatives from both countries.

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