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Some Prerequisites for a Critical Approach to European Studies

Eurostudia, vol.1, no. 1, June 2005
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Dietmar Köveker, Université de Montréal
In the present article it is argued that the discourse on “Europe”, its “cultural identity” and so on is characterized by a deep ambiguity between Europe as political entity (or global player), being represented in particular by the European Union, and Europe as the culture promising the validity of universal norms - within and outside Europe. In order to make clear this ambiguity of Europe, we first have a look on certain aspects of the historical discourse on Europe. We then discuss some of the reasons for the significant recent increase of interest for questions concerning “European identity”. We finally indicate to some of the consequences deriving from these considerations in relation to the present discussion on the “European project”.