Should Europeans Citizens Die - Or at Least Pay Taxes - for Europe? Allegiance, Identity and Integration Paradigms

48 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010 Last revised: 19 Jan 2012

Pablo Cristóbal Jiménez Lobeira

Institute for Ethics & Society, University of Notre Dame Australia

Date Written: July 11, 2010

Abstract

In the concept of European citizenship, public and international law intersect. The unity of the European polity results from the interplay between national and European loyalties. Citizens’ allegiance to the European polity depends on how much they see the polity’s identity as theirs. Foundational ideals that shaped the European project’s identity included social reconciliation and peaceful coexistence, economic reconstruction and widespread prosperity, and the creation of supranational structures to rein in nationalism. A broad cultural consensus underlay the first impulse for integration. Europeans had little trouble giving explicit or tacit allegiance to such a project, which resulted in an unparalleled success. However, roughly 60 years and 20 Member States later, social integration is being challenged as immigrants with diverse cultural backgrounds arrive, while far-right political parties surge in reaction; economic integration is confronted with a faltering euro and countries struggling to meet financial commitments; and political integration weakens as the EU seems to fail the democratic test. Cultural assumptions are no longer shared by all. Allegiance to today’s EU is problematic for the ordinary European citizen. This paper submits that careful attention to the spirit of the foundational ideals sheds light on how the present problems as well as future integration could be approached.

Keywords: allegiance, analogical unity, differentiated cooperation, European citizens, integration paradigms, interculturalism, political identity, inclusive public sphere

Suggested Citation

Jiménez Lobeira, Pablo Cristóbal, Should Europeans Citizens Die - Or at Least Pay Taxes - for Europe? Allegiance, Identity and Integration Paradigms (July 11, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1638789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1638789

Pablo Cristóbal Jiménez Lobeira (Contact Author)

Institute for Ethics & Society, University of Notre Dame Australia ( email )

Sydney, NSW
Australia

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