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EU Analogical Identity - Or the Ties that Link (Without Binding)

Pablo Jimenez Lobeira

From the political point of view, European Union (EU) integration implies some kind of unity in the communityconstituted by EU citizens. Unity is difficult to attain if the diversity of citizens (and their nations) is to be respected.A thick bond that melts members' diversity into a 'European pot' is therefore out of the question. On the otherhand, giving up unity altogether makes political integration impossible. Through a meta-theoretical analysis ofnormative positions, this paper proposes a composed notion of European identity that links without binding. Itcontains four facets - cultural, political, social, external - with nuances, expressed in three binaries, that cutacross all of them - history-project, ethos-achievement, commonness-uncommonness. I will submit that aworkable European identity (and the related concepts of unity, polity and citizenship) can be better conceived asanalogical - a mid way between blending unity and irreconcilable diversity.

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