chapter  6
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Reading the ongoing changes: European identity

The European Union might be characterized as a project: there is an economic sphere, a social sphere, a political sphere and a cultural sphere. 10 The project is unfolding, its logic is unclear, so too its destination; however it gathers defi nition, pace and friends. The question of the identity of Europe/Europeans has slowly moved into the mainstream of debate: can the variety of ‘national pasts’ be reconciled, can there be a domestic convergence, how might ideas of Europe/Europeans fi t within the extant spread of identities affi rmed by European masses and elites and can the unfolding project present a clear image within the international community?