Departing from traditional analyses based on internal measures, this book explores the creation of a European identity through the EU's interaction with the external environment. The book concentrates on three broad areas - socioeconomic issues, foreign and security policy, and home affairs - each associated with a Maastricht pillar. The authors assess not only the benefits, but also the costs of attempts to assert a European identity. Referring to debates about the respective merits of deepening and widening, they address the equally important associated tradeoffs between exclusion and dilution: they point to the risks on the one hand of a Europe that excludes foreign goods, immigrants and entire countries, and on the other of an unfocused definition of Europe that may dilute the very values that a ""European identity"" is intended to protect.
Constructing Europe's Identity, L.E. Cederman. Part 1 Conceptual and Historical Background: From Nationalism to Integration, L.E. Cederman; Identity and Plurality in the Conceptualization of Europe, C. Calhoun; Example, Exception, or Both? Swiss National Identity in Perspective, P. Sciarini et al. Part 2 Europe's Sociocultural Identity: From Cultural Protection to Political Culture? Media Policy and the European Union, P.R. Schlesinger; Trade and Identity - the Coming Protectionism?, S. Berger. Part 3 Europe's External Political Identity: European Security Identities, O. Woever; European Identity, EU Expansion and the Integration/Exclusion Nexus, I.B. Neumann; Liberal Identity and Postnationalist Inclusion - the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union, F. Schimmelfennig. Part 4 Europe's Civic Identity: European Identity and Migration Policies, J. Huysmans; European Asylum Policies and the Search for a European Identity, V. Gowland-Debbas. Part 5 Conclusions for Theory and Policy: Exclusion vs. Dilution - Real or Imagined Trade-Off?, L.E. Cederman.