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Democracy versus Solidarity in the EU Discourse

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Jozef Niznik

It is hard to find another two concepts which would be more significant in the European integration discourse than «democracy» and «solidarity» and at the same time more ambiguous in the political practice of integration. Currently European integration discourse is being organized around the concept of democracy. Analyzing European integration discourse the author argues that the situation is quite paradoxical because in order to secure democracy in the EU, European integration discourse must be organized not around the concept of democracy but around the concept of solidarity. The book attempts to show in more details the context of the clash of these fundamental values which serve also as the leading political principles of European integration. Therefore several further concepts and problems have been discussed such as the issue of identity, the concept of citizenship and the problem of nationalism. Since the theoretical framework of the analysis have been built around the idea of discourse the inevitable consequence was to look at some aspects of communication and the links between conceptual and normative development of the European integration.

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Preface ................................................................................................................... 7 Introduction ........................................................................................................... 9 Chapter I The concept of democracy in the European integration discourse ..................... 11 Chapter II European integration and the concept of solidarity ............................................. 27 Chapter III European integration discourse and identity ....................................................... 43 1. Central European views on European Integration .................................. 43 2. Identity and citizenship ........................................................................... 48 Chapter IV Global communication and the identity of the Europeans .................................. 57 Chapter V Nationalism in European integration discourse .................................................. 67 Chapter VI European integration discourse and compliance with European norms: making a supranational order .............................................................................. 89 Chapter VII Future oriented discourse and the theories of integration ................................ 101 Bibliography ...................................................................................................... 115

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