What does it mean to be european?
[...] Furthermore I know that some people think that a Pan-European identity doesn't exist. Those people forget that a nation is a political construction. In fact the French Nation has been built gradually in the 19th century with different group of people from different provinces. What had in common “Breton people”, “Picard people”, “Provençal people” in 19 century? Every province had its own language, its own lifestyle, its own myths although they had a common background.The French Nation has been built on the common consent of these people. [...]
[...] What does it mean to be European ? “Regarding Europe, we don't know where she took her name and who gave her that name” Herode 500 BC. Today as in Herodote's time, we don't know the origin of this word, the people who invented it, the picturing of this word for them, and the boundery of this space, described as Europe. However Europe and European exist. Whatever the confusion of the past about the European area, there is now a consensus on the main characteristics of this continent. [...]
[...] In short being European : it's owned a part of this historical heritage. I know that this notion of European culture could be too hidebound or too large : too large for those who are attached to the notion of humankind and universality, too hidebound for those who are attached to the notion of nation I would just suggest, as Denis de Rougemont said, that our national culture are indeed an abstract slicing on the body of the common great European culture . [...]
[...] For instance if you take the history of classical music, you could see that the beginning has been on different center of Nothern Italy ( it's today Northern Italy but it wasn't at this time). Then that there was a huge movement towards Flanders, following the commercial way of Middle Ages and Renaissance. From there, the music has turned in Bourgogne, and these transformations came back to Northern Italy. Afterwards (german- speakers) composers have started to learn their trade in northern Italy (Pérouse, Venise). Then the cultural center was “Germany” in the 19th century. As the composers, Russian came in Germany to learn their trade. [...]
[...] Est citoyen de l'Union toute personne ayant la nationalité d'un Etat membre. La citoyenneté de l'Union complète la citoyenneté nationale et ne la remplace pas Art 17-1 TEU Tout Etat européen qui respecte les principes énoncés à l'article paragraphe 1 peut demander à devenir membre de l'Union Art 49 TEU Une Nation est donc une grande solidarité[ . Elle suppose un passé ; elle se résume pourtant dans le présent par un fait tangible : le consentement, le désir clairement exprimé de continuer la vie commune [ . [...]
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