The European Union's Politics of Identity and the Legacy of 1989

Auer, Stefan
September 2010
Humanities Research;2010, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p135
Academic Journal
The article focuses on European Union's (EU's) politics of identity with emphasis on the legacy of 1989. It says that major institutional changes in 1980s and 1990s included increased concentration on politics of identity, with insertion of various symbols of unification such as Europe Day, European citizenship, and European anthem. It suggests that instrumentalization of EU's past events including fall of Berlin Wall in Germany could damage its credibility rather than improve its legitimacy.


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