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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Polina Demchenko
The Impact of the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union from 2004 to 2013 on the Formation of European Identity
2019
Keywords: European Union, constructivism, EU enlargement, European identity.

To date, the European Union faces a number of challenges related to the weak identification with the EU. The construction of strong identity can unite the heterogeneous European community. Traditionally, the EU has taken many initiatives to strengthen it. However, an effective theoretical and practical scheme for analyzing their impact is still missing. Accordingly, the methodology for the analysis of European identity was formed in the framework of three approaches - cultural, instrumental and civil with the help of constructivism theory. In this work it is revealed that the identification of citizens with the EU is influenced by many factors: cultural programs, the values of the Union expressed in the founding treaties, benefits offered by EU membership. The analysis of the EU enlargement to the European identity was also carried out on the basis of statistical data of Eurobarometer. Building upon the obtained data, recommendations for the improvement of Eurobarometer within the developed theoretical and practical scheme were identified. These adjustments, together with the developed theoretical approach, can qualitatively improve Eurobarometer and make it more reliable tool for analyzing the identification of EU citizens with the Union.

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