Type
Article de presse ou magazine
Titre
Unthought and unrepresentable? The European territorial paradox
Dans
European Journal of Geography
Auteur(s)
KAHN Sylvain - Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po (Auteur)
RICHARD Yann - Pôle de recherche pour l'organisation et la diffusion de l'information géographique (Auteur)
Volume
11
Numéro
1
Pages
124 - 139 p.
ISSN
17921341
Mots clés
Territoriality, Territory, Regimes of territoriality, Sovereignty
Résumé
EN
The crisis of the European Union is partially linked to the fact that it has not become an identity referent for the European citizens. This is a crucial issue because the revival of European integration could precisely be based on the ability of Europeans to take ownership of the European construction. We set out two hypotheses: first that the weakness of the EU is intrinsic to the way it is constructed as a territory from one day to the next; second that the EU cannot be an object of social representation shared by European citizens. We show that the territoriality of the EU is ambiguous. We then define the EU as a particular type of political construction, in which pooling mechanisms render the relationship between territory and sovereignty hard to read. Finally, we show that Europeans are not able to produce a common territorial reference.

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