chapter  10
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The place of the citizen in the European construction

The notion of citizenship is most commonly associated with the existence of nation states, whose nationals are deemed to have rights of social protection and political participation, as well as duties towards the society (in this case the state) to which they belong. The use of the same notion in the context of the European Union (EU) goes some way towards challenging this well-entrenched conception. Yet, like the state of integration itself, the state of European citizenship is in flux and consequently, difficult to pin down.