Challenging the orthodox view that European integration is eroding national identity, this groundbreaking volume links identity, citizenship and democratic legitimacy in a unique way by focusing on key themes: ¢ the suggestion that the EMU project is much more than an economic enterprise: it will invade national sovereignty and destroy cherished national symbols. ¢ relating assertive regional and ethnic identities to evolving concepts of EU citizenship and a European identity. ¢ the danger the whole European project may be in if a genuine EU-level citizenship is not created. The role of frontiers in the integration process is ambiguous and double-edged. Frontier zones once had a life of their own and, ironically, integration emphasizes frontiers in a new way. Written by authors of different nationalities and disciplines, this timely volume is accessible for readers from many backgrounds, and will lead them to a clearer understanding of the metamorphosing ’New Europe’.
Table of Contents
Contents: Identity and culture at Europe's frontiers, Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan; European citizenship and European identity: from treaty provisions to public opinion attitudes, Stefania Panebianco; European citizenship and the search for legitimacy: the paradox of the Danish case, Camilla Hersom; Who governs the Europeans?, Dolores Taaffe; Dealing with diversity regional policy - a possible solution?, BrÃd Quinn; Pecuniary identity and European integration, Nickolas Reinhardt; Muslims in the New Europe, Barrie Wharton; Nationalism and Unionism in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, Lissi Daber; Ireland and the European police co-operation, Jason Lane; Eastern and Western Europe: towards a new European identity, Edward Moxon-Browne.
'For those concerned with questions of European identity, this book will be an important addition to the literature. Edward Moxon-Browne has gathered a rich and varied range of contributors, who look not only at general and conceptual issues of identity but also at specific national or group experiences and responses. This gives the text a distinctive flavour and "voice" which is welcome in this highly contested area of scholarship and policy-making.' Professor Michael Smith, Loughborough University, UK