'PLURALITY IN UNITY': EUROPEAN IDENTITY AND EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP
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In this paper, an argument is developed in favour of further integration of 'Europe' and, most importantly, its increased 'politicization'. It is not based on any romantic or idealistic vision of a positive European cultural identity, but on an assessment of Europe's reality as already integrated economically, socially and ecologically, however lagging behind politically in terms of democratic government and citizenship. The seemingly endless discussions about Europe's identity, limit, unity, civilization, etc. are not a problem that is yet to be solved, but are, precisely, the core of what makes Europe what it is: a plurality in unity instead of a 'unity in plurality', as one of the official slogans of the European Union (EU) has it. Current social, economic and environmental problems require European solutions as well as a more 'active' European citizenship. However, European civil identity that is to match European societal reality, will not be a unitary and homogeneous identity, but heterogeneous and diverse, covering a plurality of perceptions, preferences and ideals - it will be 'plural', not as a first step towards unity, but in its core; and it will be 'divided', but not along national lines.
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