vote is a victory for nationalist nativism; yet the reaction of Remainers is
just as much one about identity, rather than lost economic opportunities.
demonstrations have taken place in London and other cities with people who
carried the EU flag, wore it, and painted it on their skin. An LSE
revealed young people cried at the thought of no longer belonging to the wider
European family. They are not alone. Research shows
that there is such thing as a European identity (Thomas Risse; Michael
Bruter; Checkel & Katzenstein), which sits exists
alongside national identity. This sense of belonging has been resilient even in the
eurocrisis. Research in the UK found that ethnic minorities are more
open to the EU, while white British respondents with a strong sense of national
identity identified much less with Europe.
Question Time, Michael Gove said that ‘tragedy’ was a word coming from English
literature. It’s a word from ancient Greek theatre. Gove’s parochial
nationalism forbids him to see the richness of shared European culture and
values. The best moments in European history were not
moments of national retreat, but of cultural exchange. The EU is not a
nation-state in the making. The EU’s motto ‘unity in diversity’ cautions
against the imposition of homogeneity, typical of the nation and an attempt at going beyond the 20th
century paradigm of the nation-state. If we want a EU that is trusted by its
need our national media to become less parochial, and we need to have a
European media making possible effective scrutiny of EU institutions and
bringing the EU closer to its citizens. If we want the EU to live up to its values, need
writers, TV and film-makers to tell our story.
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