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European and Political Identity in a Transnational Paradise

Ana Carrillo-Lopez

Since the implementation of the free movement of European employees policy (1968), the EU has devotedly worked for the reduction of barriers among member states. Consequently, transnational practices are encouraged beyond labour and financial basis and Europeans are more mobile than ever. At present, little is known about the impact of transnational practices on European and political identity, two crucial indicators in the comprehension of European legitimacy and representativeness. Based on 60 semi-structured comparative interviews and data from the European Social Survey (2012), this study aims to bring light in the root causes of the emergence of European identity and the political motives among transnational and non-transnational EU-citizens. This study adopts micro (qualitative interviews to Spaniards) and macro (statistical analysis using the ESS) analysis.

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