The Romanian Review of European Governance Studies
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The European remembrance between unity and diversity – Creating a common EU identity through discourse

Frontpage calendar image December 1, 2010

Author:Cristina Stanc
Much has been said on how important a common European identity
is for governance in the European Union. Most often put in the context of the so called
‘democratic deficit’, the European identity is thought to be an answer to legitimacy problems
of the EU, by creating a European public sphere. The following paper goes beyond this
discussion and investigates processes of identity building in the European Union. It begins
with the premise that remembrance is a way of creating a common identity and that the
EU starts creating a common remembrance through discourse. Applying the frame analysis
to policy documents, this paper aims at presenting the strategy by which the EU policy of
remembrance strikes the balance between creating a sense of commonness and respecting
diversity of memories.