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Elusive Solidarity in an Enlarged European Union

Hartwig, Dr Ines and Nicolaides, Dr Phedon. (2003) Elusive Solidarity in an Enlarged European Union. EPIAScope, 2003 (3). pp. 19-25.

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    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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    Item Type: Article
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2006
    Page Range: pp. 19-25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:39

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