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Did you know that … racism still exists in Europe?

Everyone has seen it: The picture of five-year-old Liam Mango, professionally looking into the camera to advertise for a green hoodie that reads ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’. That H&M would deliberately choose not a white but a black Swedish… Continue Reading →

EST Ambassadors on European Identity – Part II

How would you capture Europe? Or a European identity? Our Ambassadors of the European Student Think Tank have made up their minds about what European identity means to them. Not surprisingly, their views differs from country to country and from… Continue Reading →

EST Ambassadors on European Identity – Part I

How would you capture Europe? Or a European identity? Our Ambassadors of the European Student Think Tank have made up their minds about what European identity means to them. Not surprisingly, their views differs from country to country and from… Continue Reading →

Introductory Piece #6 – The European Identity: Reality or Aspiration?

After having written a master thesis on the issue of European identity this summer, what conclusions could I draw on the topic?  Three main points stand out. Firstly, such a thing as the European identity doesn’t really exist – at… Continue Reading →

Introductory Piece #5 – Leaving the Past to Shape the Future

Brexit. Islamophobia. Nationalism. The rise of the far-right. In light of these divisive current trends we often forget that the European Union is more than just the sum of its parts, more than a mere borderless trade area of convent… Continue Reading →

Introductory Piece #4 – Part of you

To understand the concept of a European identity, we need to understand what Europe is. Europe is first and foremost a continent that does not only have a shared geographical space but also encompasses many states which decided that cooperate… Continue Reading →

Introductory Piece #3 – Work to be done

In 2012, the European Commission published a policy review concerning the development of a European identity with the title ‘Unfinished business’. And that is exactly what it is. The EU is not merely a political and governance organisation. The founders… Continue Reading →

Introductory Piece #2 – A Cynic’s Perspective on EU Idealism

Thinking about how the European Union came to be, it was first and foremost a peacekeeping institution built on economic integration; a common European identity was certainly not the foundation on which the EU rested. Much rather, this common identity… Continue Reading →

Introductory Piece #1 – European Identity Exists

Europe is a tiny continent where many different cultures have been existing over millennia. Yet, despite the large variety of cultural experiences in different parts of Europe, I fervently believe that a European identity exists. Personally, my identity as a… Continue Reading →

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