Featured weekly article: Analysing the Prospects of Forging an Overarching European Collective Identity

Analysing the Prospects of Forging an Overarching European Collective Identity

By George Yiangou

Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 37-49

Introduction

European political science has in the last couple of decades witnessed the project of European unification take entirely new dimensions. Since the signing of the Treaty of European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) in 1992 by the member-states of the European Community (EC) and the creation of the European Union (EU), what was originally conceived as an economic cooperation started to emerge as a very subtle sociopolitical unit. National borders began to be transcended with increasing ease, the economic sector was gradually transformed into an independent Europe-wide web and policy-making set out to be viewed in more collective terms. On top of all this, the new institutional framework that had broken through challenged the very foundations upon which the European nation-state system was built and, thus, questioned the very sovereign nature of the nation-states on the continent.

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