A Common European Identity for European Citizenship?

11 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2014 Last revised: 6 Oct 2014

Date Written: August 18, 2014


What sort of shared European identity is required for Union citizenship to be part of a sustainable, just European political and legal order? Which substantive values and beliefs should be shared? And is there a need for “unique” values and beliefs, exclusive among those who share citizenship? Section 1 affirms the need for some shared values. Section 2 explores aspects of such a shared identity. Section 3 denies the need for a shared “thick” cultural identity. Likewise, section 4 questions the need for unique values. Finally, section 5 points to several challenges concerning identity and citizenship in a Union with asymmetric federal elements, especially when it is subject to asymmetric shocks.

Keywords: European Union, citizenship, identity, human rights, federalism

Suggested Citation

Follesdal, Andreas, A Common European Identity for European Citizenship? (August 18, 2014). German Law Journal 2014, 15(5): 765-775, PluriCourts Research Paper No. 14-16, University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2014-35, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2482330

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