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National Identity and the Citizens′ Europe

Europe's Malaise

ISBN: 978-1-83909-042-4, eISBN: 978-1-83909-041-7

Publication date: 7 October 2020


This chapter critically assesses the assumption that the European Union (EU) is undergoing a crisis of legitimation. Using survey data, it shows that support of the EU and European integration is solid and that it plays a small role in the rise of populist parties. Then, it shows that Europeans favor increasing European cooperation but are reluctant to transfer national sovereignty to the EU. Finally, it traces this reluctance to the primacy of national over European identification.



Medrano, J.D. (2020), "National Identity and the Citizens′ Europe", Duina, F. and Merand, F. (Ed.) Europe's Malaise (Research in Political Sociology, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 67-83.



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