Europe: Community or market?

What does it mean to be a European citizen? 25 years after the Treaty of Maastricht, ARENA researchers Espen D. H. Olsen and Agustín José Menéndez argue that provisions intended to create a European community may create more friction than harmony.

painting of workers striking

The Fourth Estate is a famous picture by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo that portrays a workers’ strike. It represents a social and political force whose influence is not formally recognized (Photo: Wikipedia)

By Anders Sætra

‘If the European humanist tradition – which is the secret and powerful core of the entire Community structure – means anything at all, it is that for us today economic and industrial development must be harnessed in the service of human and social needs, and not vice versa. That good living must not be considered as an instrument for increasing production and power, but that growth must serve the good life’.

– Altiero Spinelli, one of the EU founding fathers.

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