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Preliminary thoughts on re-envisioning the European Union. EUMA Papers Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2009

Schmidt, Vivien A. (2009) Preliminary thoughts on re-envisioning the European Union. EUMA Papers Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    Today in particular, as we are on the brink of a period of deep and possibly prolonged economic recession, if not depression, democracy and identity in Europe may be particularly challenged. If the EU does not respond collectively and effectively to the economic crisis, or if it does not bring the public along with it as it responds to the crisis, the European project itself could be jeopardized. It is for this reason that I consider some of the deeper issues related to EU economic integration and their implications for EU democracy and identity. This essay begins with a discussion of EU identity, focused on how member-states’ four differing discourses about the nature, borders, and actions of the EU might co-exist, if not be reconciled, by re-envisioning the EU as a region-state while ending unanimity and uniformity rules. It follows with a set of suggestions for how to re-envision the EU in terms of European politics and political economic policies.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political union & integration/European Political Union
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > financial crisis 2008-on and consequences/reforms
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    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Miami, Florida-EU Center of Excellence > EUMA Papers Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2010
    Page Range: p. 13
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:37
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15019

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