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Who Are the Europeans?

Neil Fligstein

in Euroclash

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580859
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580859.003.0005
Who Are the Europeans?

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The European Union has produced a remarkable set of agreements to guide the political interactions of countries across Europe in the past forty-five years. These agreements have produced collective rules governing market transactions of all varieties, created a single currency, established a rule of law that includes a European court, and promoted increased interactions for people who live within the boundaries of Europe. Trade has increased dramatically; European corporations have greatly expanded their investments, production, sales, and employment; markets that were formerly fragmented across national lines have become regional, the largest corporations have redeployed their activities to profit from market opening projects. This has created a kind of vicious circle whereby more and more markets across Europe have become reorganised on a European basis. The missing piece of this puzzle is how these changes have affected the lives of people who live in Europe beyond the mere fact that more goods and services are available.

Keywords: European Union; politics; market transactions; investments; Europeans; collective identity; national identity; language; travel

Chapter.  18877 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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