EU Identity in a Westphalian and Multicultural Context

Gomez Arana, Arantza (2019) EU Identity in a Westphalian and Multicultural Context. Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto (02). p. 269. ISSN 1130-8354

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The development of an EU identity should be supported by a legal framework to be able to justify its legitimation. Following the work of Ian Manners on normative power, this paper discusses the links between key aspects of EU values such as solidarity and human rights in a context where supporters of nation-states and Westphalian views of states have recently dominated European politics. This has had a a direct impact (or lack of) on the promotion of multiculturalism. This paper takes Greece as an example of how the EU's approach towards this country could have been a display of solidarity and promotion of human rights but it missed the opportunity. One of the reasons for favouring a more utilitarian approach could be linked to the lack of sense and belonging to the EU society as a consequence of the barriers created by strong feelings of nationalism attached to European states and nations together with a lack of promotion of multiculturalism. It is argued that a more multicultural society could benefit from the creation of an EU identity and consequently, the creation of an EU society, EU policies, and potentially, the avoidance of future European crisis such as the one created with Brexit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EU identity, multiculturalism, Solidarity, Human Rights, Greece
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:18

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