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On Being European: The Character and Consequences of European Identity

David Michael Green

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297572.003.0015
On Being European: The Character and Consequences of European Identity

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This chapter explores the concept of European identity. It is shown that there are ‘Europeans’ in Europe, but such identification is limited. This identity appeals to a small segment of the population, mostly made up of the elite and cosmopolitan. In short, a European identity exists but within limitations that make it nearly unrecognisable if seen against the political identities which have populated the landscape in the past two centuries.

Keywords: European identity; identification; population

Chapter.  11777 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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