Global Europa: Mythology of the European Union in World Politics

21 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009

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Ian Manners

University of Kent, Canterbury


The mythology of the European Union (EU) in world politics can be told and untold in many different ways. This article focuses on the lore or stories of who did what to whom, the ideological projection of the past onto the present and the escapist pleasure of storytelling in looking at the mythology of ‘global Europa’– the EU in the world. It concludes with a reflection on the way in which the many diverse myths of global Europa compete for daily attention, whether as lore, ideology or pleasure. In this respect the mythology of global Europa is part of our everyday existence, part of the EU in and of the world.

Suggested Citation

Manners, Ian, Global Europa: Mythology of the European Union in World Politics. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 67-87, January 2010. Available at SSRN: or

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