Does the European Union educate generations into being united in diversity ?

This year, we have celebrated the Erasmus program’s 30th birthday. It is largely considered as one of the most successful and profitable policies that the Union has implemented. Allowing students and young professionals to study and work in the countries of the Union, with financial help, in the name of their European citizenship, or of the partner nations’, it is considered both a very efficient educational tool and a very effective integration mechanism. It also is symptomatic of what the Union has been trying to do in the field of education : harmonize and enable the young Europeans to have their skills and diplomas recognized throughout Europe. This work is in the vein of the will of free movement of the workers stated in the Treaty of Rome signed 60 years ago.

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The meaning of « European identity » today (III)

Multiples pathways to European identity formation: another forms of late national identity? European national identity: A Europe of values? Even if, as Fligstein clarifies, “anti-immigrants sentiments and policies may be loosely linked to the core of the integration project” (2012), a connection is to be recognised between a national-like conception of European identity and a more culturalist and exclusivist perception of Europeanness. In this respect, … Continuer de lire The meaning of « European identity » today (III)

The meaning of « European identity » today (II)

Measuring European identity: what does “feeling Europeans” actually mean? The emergence of a European civic mass identity Adopting the bottom up approach, in a methodological individualism to reflect upon identity as an identification and subjective process. I aim to explore the main empirical research contributions to this intellectual debate. In so doing I wish to stress the importance of the extremely challenging measurement of the … Continuer de lire The meaning of « European identity » today (II)

Refugees : an asset for western economies

Today with rising populism all over the world, it seems that migrants are not welcome everywhere. Populist leaders are constructing their speeches against refugees making them responsible for the crisis, for taking jobs while natives are unemployed. It has been seen all over Europe, very recently in the Netherlands with Geert Wilders, in Great Britain with Nigel Farage, in France with Marine Le Pen and in the United States, with Trump declaring, “ »When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best (…). They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists”. This quote gives a pretty accurate vision of the tensions that are surrounding migrants in today’s world.  Continuer de lire « Refugees : an asset for western economies »

The meaning of “European identity” today (I)

 

Who is or should be European? Is there a European identity? How can we conceptualize it? And above all what is the role of cultural values and civic principles in the narrative of European collective identity? Continuer de lire « The meaning of “European identity” today (I) »