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"Eastern and Western Europe: Forging a New European Identity?"

Herrberg, Antje and Moxon-Browne, Edward. (1995) "Eastern and Western Europe: Forging a New European Identity?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    In the construction of a new political, economic, and security architecture in Europe, both the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), are now assuming fundamental roles in the organisation of a 'new European Order'. In this context, the question of what Europe, national identity, and European identity constitute has become an issue for intellectuals, decision makers and the individual citizen. Against this background of shifting political signposts, we argue that it is especially the concept of European identity which has acquired a new urgency and a new relevance. The 'politics of exclusion' which once emphasised the boundaries of the European Community in the international context, are now being replaced by the 'politics of inclusion'. This is a process in which former boundaries are transformed into bridgeheads, resulting in a vivid exchange of goods, capital, and values. We find ourselves caught up in a dynamic in which the question of how to relate oneself to others is a fundamental one. In this context, it appears that the distinctions between the EU, its immediate neighbours from Eastern and Central Europe, and the 'abroad' often personified in Russia, have become blurred and at the same time, very distinct.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Other international institutions > NATO
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 6
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45

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