Our paper paves the way for discussing the significance of EUropean disintegration in relation to EU cohesion policy. It relies on an interdisciplinary literature review outlining how geography and political science grasp the concepts of EUropean integration and disintegration. This review is being undertaken to operationalise a reflective framework to enable an understanding of key aspects entangled with (dis)integration. The reintroduction of border controls between 2015 and 2019 is one of the most concrete facets of disintegration. The analytical framework explores disintegration tendencies emerging from border controls on an exploratory level. This paper argues that disintegration is not simply ‘integration in reverse’ and suggests aspects for investigation. The paper concludes by outlining a series of fundamental questions for cohesion policy.
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