Common European Home Vision Revisited: 'Return to Europe’ as an Anticommunist and Transformational Device

17 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2010  

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Hertie School of Governance

Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

The social representation of Europe as a common project driving unification of East and West proved the most powerful tool used in the post-Helsinki Europe to bridge the divisions of the Cold War and subvert the Communist takeover of Eastern Europe. It was endowed with historical legitimacy despite historical evidence in its favor being rather ambiguous, and was used by both Western and Eastern Europe to advance their policies in a combination of self-interest and identity discourse. It was not identical in the West and the East, however, and this article explores these differences.

Keywords: return to Europe, EU enlargement, Helsinki, European identity

Suggested Citation

Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina, Common European Home Vision Revisited: 'Return to Europe’ as an Anticommunist and Transformational Device (December 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1557722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1557722

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Contact Author)

Hertie School of Governance ( email )

Friedrichstrasse 180, Q110
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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