Fading EUphoria at the Dutch-German Border? The Case of Avantis
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SourceTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 104, 3, (2013), pp. 379-387
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Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
SubjectShaping and Changing of Places and Spaces
The paper deals with the failure of the Avantis cross-border business estate. The inception of this hitherto largely undeveloped site took place in the early 1990s, a period which we suggest characterising with the notion of EUphoria, that is, a widely held belief in the future of a borderless Europe. EUphoria is seen as the key to bringing together otherwise separate discourses under one shared ambition of constructing a cross-border business estate. With the fading of EUphoria, however, Avantis resurfaces as a shared problem and appears to have been built on expectations and promises held within a discourse of European integration rather than among private investors. In retrospect, Avantis as a product of EUphoria remains a EUtopia, albeit with very few believers.
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