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Europe's Political Identity

Juan Díez Medrano

in European Stories

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594627
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594627.003.0017
Europe's Political Identity

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Juan Díez Medrano focuses on citizen representations and, more generally, on views on Europe expressed by actors in the public sphere. While occasionally these actors are intellectuals, they are more often than not politicians or representatives from interest groups. Either because European stories lose their national‐specific narrative structure as they travel from intellectuals to public actors and citizens, or because public actors and citizens autonomously develop their representations of Europe, the fact is that national public spheres portray European integration in very similar ways. Therefore, Medrano argues that viewed from the public sphere and the citizens' perspective, the most relevant story to be told about the European Union is one of convergence, with similar cross‐national representations of the European Union and a common political identity project.

Keywords: interest groups; public sphere; citizens; European identity; convergence

Chapter.  7719 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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