Hartwig, Dr Ines and Nicolaides, Dr Phedon. (2003) Elusive Solidarity in an Enlarged European Union. EPIAScope, 2003 (3). pp. 19-25.
As the EU enlarges it faces a dilemma. As it grows larger and more diverse it will need to strengthen solidarity between Member States. However, solidarity is an expression of kinship. As such, it depends on shared beliefs and acceptance of the political nature of the process of European integration. The growing diversity of the EU will make it more difficult to develop a perception of commonality. In this article we argue that the EU can build solidarity by providing more European “merit” goods and other means of mutual support. In addition, there is a need for an explicit discussion of what may unite EU citizens beyond abstract values.
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