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

Bianca Bellini


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.


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

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