Europe Is More than the European Union
Author: Kampits, Peter
Source: Values and Norms in the Age of Globalization, Issue data not provided , pp. 129-146(18)
Abstract:I am sure that you do neither expect me to sing praises concerning the development of the European union, nor to add only positive lines to the present situation of education all over Europe, especially at the university level. There are enough politicians and officials travelling around like itinerant preachers and praising the benefits of the common “house Europe”, especially after the so-called Osterweiterung.
On the other hand there is however a remarkable rise of skepticism and even anxiety concerning the aims and structures of the European Union. What has been welcomed enthusiastically, especially after the decline of the communist system, what has been celebrated as the opening of the road to freedom, welfare and better living conditions turned into disappointment and dissatisfaction. Of course you can enumerate many reasons for this: the horizon of expectation was too high, especially in the former communist countries, and time is too short to judge seriously the advantages and disadvantages. The long-term communist regimes have left traces that cannot be extinguished in a short period. But even among the peoples of “Western European” countries there seems to be no longer a euphoric or enthusiastic agreement regarding the development of the Union.
I want to show with the title of my contribution – “Europe is more than the European Union” – that many of the original tasks included in the idea of a common Europe have been – in the meantime – perhaps not extinguished, but at least minimized or marginalized. I will try to show this in three steps:
1. The Idea (project) of a unified Europe
2. European identity and values
3. The situation of education, especially at the university level.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2007
- Values and Norms in the Age of Globalization
The authors of this book, scholars from Germany, Austria, the United States, Kirghizia and Poland, seek an answer to the challenges posed to social sciences by the globalization epoch. The challenges apply to such problems as the establishment of rights and rules and institutions governing the existence of supra- and international communities, the development of a common system of ethical values, moral standards and norms (or even the creation of a system of entirely new values, standards and norms) supporting the unification process, as well as the legitimacy and validity of transferring the values and standards and the models of economy and politics characteristic of European culture to other cultures and civilizations. This book raises the questions that are particularly significant to the present-day political practice in its European and global dimensions: the questions of place, role and dimension, as well as topicality or transformations in the post-modern order of the world, of such moral values, standards and norms present in politics as human rights, freedom, justice, responsibility, solidarity, tolerance, forgiveness, peace, security, education, modernization or democracy and law.
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