Is Europe a “false truth”? A distinguishing attempt to unmask prejudices concerning Europe and its institutions

Bianca Bellini

Abstract


European institutions are continuously requested to contribute in solving those problems that States have nowadays to face, but – at the same time – their alleged authority and influence are unceasingly brought into question. Examining 33 “false truths” concerning Europe, Smaghi suggests a new way the current crisis should be dealt with: what matters most is the awareness that European States manage to achieve in regard to their past errors, their present potentialities and their future possibilities, without deeming Europe itself as a scapegoat. Rhetoric, action and credibility: Smaghi aims at making readers deeply ponder over some prejudices regarding Europe and at restoring European citizens’ faith in Europe.


Keywords


European Institutions; Awareness; Prejudices; Citizens’ Role; Responsibility

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Phe_Mi-17753


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