EU Identity in A Westphalian and Multicultural Context

Gomez Arana, Arantza (2018) EU Identity in A Westphalian and Multicultural Context. Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto (CED) / Deusto Journal of European Studies. ISSN 1130-8354

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The development of an EU identity would 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 direct impact on the (or lack of) 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
Date: 11 June 2018
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Arantza Gomez Arana
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 08:19
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 12:25

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