The Watch issues No. 1 to No. 8 provide insights into the national debates on deepening and widening and on other European topics from Lisbon to Helsinki and from Dublin to Nicosia from January 2004 to December 2008. Overall, the eight issues of the Watch comprise 2,001 pages, including 9,427 footnotes, and cover 54 questions dealing with key European topics.

In the following, we present a comprehensive comparative analysis based on the rich material of the eight issues of the Watch: Tanja Leppik-Bork and Julian Plottka summarise the main events regarding deepening and widening during the last five years of European integration and complement them with insights into the respective national debates as represented in the Watch issues, while Barbara Lippert presents six observations on deepening and widening based on the debates collected in the eight Watch issues.

We hope to provide an incentive to read and use the issues of the Watch for research and wish
an inspiring reading.

The Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin coordinates and edits EU-27 Watch. The IEP is grateful to the Otto Wolff-Foundation, Cologne, for supporting the IEP’s research activities in the field of “Enlargement and neighbourhood policy of the EU” and thus for contributing to this project.

EU-27 Watch revisited is part of EU-CONSENT, a network of excellence for joint research and teaching comprising more than 50 research institutes that addresses questions of the mutual reinforcing effects of deepening and widening of the EU. EU-CONSENT is supported by the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme.