Trapped in the Lobby: Europe's Revolving Doors and the Other as Xenos

Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Jacopo Martire, ‘Trapped in the lobby: Europe’s revolving doors and the Other as Xenos’ 39 European Law Review 362-379

37 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2014 Last revised: 16 Jan 2015

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Diego Acosta Arcarazo

University of Bristol

Jacopo Martire

University of Stirling - School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

The figure of the Other stands prominently at the centre of debates concerning European social and political identity. Notwithstanding the centrality of such a notion, the figure of the Other appears as underdeveloped. Who is, theoretically speaking, the Other? And what does the proposition tell us about the way in which Europe understands itself? This article explores these questions by analysing problems in the legal framework of EU citizenship and immigration law as well as in its national implementation.

This legal framework is symptomatic of a profound malaise affecting Europe. Increasingly adopting a strategy based on the principle of “revolving doors” as a means of dealing with outsiders, Europe treats the Other as a “Xenos”, an alien form of life which is included yet distrusted, welcomed yet under threat of expulsion. This conception of the Other as Xenos reflects a solipsistic, static and auto-referential idea of Europe, one that ultimately prevents the formation of a pluralistic and multifaceted European identity, and endangers the European ethical and political project as a whole.

Keywords: Citizenship, EU law, EU nationals, Immigration, Jurisprudence, Third country nationals

Suggested Citation

Acosta Arcarazo, Diego and Martire, Jacopo, Trapped in the Lobby: Europe's Revolving Doors and the Other as Xenos (June 1, 2014). Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Jacopo Martire, ‘Trapped in the lobby: Europe’s revolving doors and the Other as Xenos’ 39 European Law Review 362-379 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2504037

Diego Acosta Arcarazo (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

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Jacopo Martire

University of Stirling - School of Law ( email )

Airthrey Castle, School of Law
University Stirling
Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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