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Evropská integrace, unijní občanství a česká národní identita
European Integration, Union Citizenship and Czech National Identity

Author(s): Pavel Maršálek
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Nakladatelství Karolinum
Keywords: European integration; Union citizenship; Czech national identity

Summary/Abstract: The author of the article explores the relation between European integration, Union citizenship and Czech national identity. He believes that national identity is for European integration a boundary which it should respect. It is not an enemy to be fought against in order to create a European super-state, a European people and a real European citizenship. Nations as natural collectives, as organic communities, are the bedrock of the hitherto functioning national states. The European Union will have to come to terms with them and find a modus vivendi, if it is to survive. This will enable people to identify more readily with the European Union. Then even those who disagree or doubt will concede that the national state is no longer the highest form of political organization. It will be possible to form a European identity. This applies equally to the Czechs, with their pragmatism and sense of reality, for which own statehood is a value and integration may be a perspective.

  • Issue Year: 60/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 73-81
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Czech