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Converging Pathways- Itinerarios Cruzados

Spain and the European Integration Process- España y el proceso de construcción europea

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Edited By Cristina Blanco-Sío Lopez and Susana Muñoz

Europe: the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments. Spain: An amalgam of creative tensions, of groundbreaking realisations, of successively frustrated and regained horizons and of long fought hopes. This monograph aims to analyse the vectors and degrees of convergence, the cohesion factors and the changing paradigms of the relation between both in a context marked by crisis and questioning. The key question in this realm is: Do they still revolve around converging pathways? The answer implies, at once, conscious mirrors and new determinations.
Europa: Fruto de una construcción que superó muchas de las sombras de su pasado por medio de la transformación de numerosos muros, prejuicios y confl ictos en puentes de cooperación y en desarrollos mutuamente enriquecedores. España: Una amalgama de tensiones creativas, ideas revolucionarias, horizontes sucesivamente frustrados y reconquistados y esperanzas por las que se lucha largamente. Esta obra tiene por objetivo analizar los vectores y grados de convergencia, los factores de cohesión y los paradigmas cambiantes de la relación entre ambas en un contexto de crisis y cuestionamiento. La pregunta clave en este sentido es: ¿Gravitan todavía en torno a itinerarios cruzados? La respuesta implica, a un tiempo, reflejos conscientes y nuevas determinaciones.
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Conclusion. Spain and Europe: Converging Pathways?: (Cristina Blanco Sío-López)

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Spain and Europe: Converging Pathways?

Cristina BLANCO SÍO-LÓPEZ

Researcher in European Integration Studies Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE)

All perception is already memoryHenri Bergson

Reuniting Europe in a communitydoes not mean to centralise it,and even less to reduce itto an statistical conceptSalvador de Madariaga

In a particularly rapidly changing context, in which apparently stable values and principles have been subverted – such as those of a European social model and a commonly embraced solidarity principle – the present goes unnoticed and there is an unconsciously lived transition between instant perceptions and memories in the making. Such context, insistently self-defined as an escalating crisis of constantly unforeseen directions, makes it extremely difficult to base each successive step of an integration process on the cumulative achievements of a bargaining and consensus-type convergence.

Such is the case of the historical relation of certain abstract yet complex and multidimensional entities: Europe, as idea and as the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments, and Spain, an amalgam of creative tensions, of groundbreaking realisations, of successively frustrated and regained horizons and of long fought hopes. Indeed, in contemporary Spain, both original initiatives and those sought-after aspirations have been inherently rooted in an ever ← 515 | 516 → postponed European future which, despite having being apparently...

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