Teknik Rapor, ss.1-30, 2017
This report offers a critical discourse analysis of the EU’s conception of the Mediterranean since
2003. It attempts to display how the EU’s discourse on the region can be read as a boundarydrawing exercise; and how it produces and reproduces European and Southern Mediterranean
identities and constructs the ideal European self against its imperfect Southern Mediterranean
others. It also claims that the EU’s approach towards the Mediterranean is rather securitized,
depoliticizing and technocratic. The report first looks into the shifts in the EU’s construction of
the Mediterranean in terms of its region-building and boundary-drawing exercises. Second, it
analyses how the EU securitizes the Mediterranean space and how this becomes an identityconstruction exercise. Third, it inquires into the interplay between the EU’s norms and interests
on the one hand and the European and Mediterranean identities that it constructs on the other.
Finally, it attempts to demonstrate how the EU’s technocratic and depoliticizing policies on the
Southern Mediterranean produce and reproduce subject and objects.