I would like to thank Vladimír Bilčík, Christopher Finlay, Robert Horvath, Adrian Jones, Robert Podbereski, Alberta Sbragia, Tobias Theiler, Douglas Webber and, above all, Nicole Scicluna for their feedback and support. I am grateful to the editors of Osteuropa, Manfred Sapper and Volker Weichsel, for their permission to republish parts of my article, ‘Wer hat Angst vor Osteuropa?’ (February/March 2009). I gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Australian Research Council for the Discovery Project ‘The Spectre of Velvet Revolution’.
‘New Europe’: Between Cosmopolitan Dreams and Nationalist Nightmares
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 48, Issue 5, pages 1163–1184, November 2010
How to Cite
AUER, S. (2010), ‘New Europe’: Between Cosmopolitan Dreams and Nationalist Nightmares. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 48: 1163–1184. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02108.x
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
This article seeks to expose some limitations of dominant discourses about European integration. It argues that the attempt to move towards a more federalist Europe underpinned by the ideal of ‘post-national citizenship’ (Habermas) is both unrealistic and undesirable. The populism and ethno-centric nationalism endangering the European project emerged in Europe not despite the cosmopolitan agendas of its elites, but arguably, in response to their ambitious agendas. A more realistic view on nationalism is imperative for a better understanding of European integration; one capable of addressing the appeal of populist politics.