I apply Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to examine the historical self-perception of the European Union.I analyse the Directorate General for Communication (DGC) and the communicational situation, the history of the European Integration Process (EIP) among other relevant historical contexts, and the discourse sample (DS) published on the EU's website, entitled ?The history of the European Union?.First, I introduce to CDA with its origins and its status quo. Fairclough's three-dimensional framework is under consideration as well as Wodak's Discourse Historical Approach (DHA). I discuss important notions, criticism towards CDA and point to recent research that combined CDA and the EU.Next, I turn to the analysis. Starting with social practice, I provide a concise historic overview of the history of the EIP. Additionally, I provide other relevant historical contexts the DS refers to.In the next step, I turn to discourse practice. I analyse the communicational situation. In particular, I examine the DGC as the addresser. Also, I discuss aspects of potential readership/addressees, text production, and concerning the Internet as the medium of publication.Finally, I provide a linguistic analysis of the DS. Along with the analyses for each single sentence, I work interpretatively, i.e. I discuss the textual dimension in connection with social and discourse practice. As this research is qualitative, I have the chance to go into depth, thus, limit the chance of potential misinterpretations.Consequently, I draw conclusions in this section. Recurring issues are e.g. how the DGC emphasises the concepts peace and unity; how EU citizens are represented and how democratic aspects are dealt with. The main topic is the way the DGC represent the EU's historical significance.Two conclusive chapters discuss the results regarding specific linguistic features and thematic fields, also I point to possible shortcomings of this project and potential future research.