En europæisk identitet konstrueres

Eirikur Andersen Gilstón Corfitz & Frídí Jensen Í Geil

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The discussion about the importance of a European identity has been a highly ambiguous one. Whether it’s essential to EU's future existence or whether it’s pointless, is a debate that has caught our attention. This led us to examine why a focus on a European identity ever started, and how it was articulated by the Heads of Governments and EC-Officials. We therefore took a historiographical approach to the existing research and concluded that the prelude to the summit 1973 was dominated by turbulent times. We also concluded that there is still doubt on whether the focus on a European identity was constructed out of a French fear of American domination over Western Europe or whether it was purely a face-saving tool for an EC in crisis. It seems, that the complex events have many stories to tell and that a single factual reason for the focus on a European identity is non-existent. We also examined how the European identity was articulated by Heads of Governments and EC-officials. We concluded that they used the term European identity to legitimize the European project by referring to it as a necessity for the long-term success of the project. By gathering this knowledge, we can see similarities on how EU-officials today try to anchor 'The New Narrative' on the new european generation, which in itself is an interesting phenomenon.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 maj 2014
VejledereHans-Åke Persson


  • European identity