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Europäische Identität

European Identity Project

Maastricht treaty altered the Europe in so many different ways. Europeans across the continent felt the transformation in traditional power corridors and emergence of new political entity i-e European Union. It took more than four decades and countless legislations by progressive Euro-centric power players who finally see the fruit of their hard work in the form of European Union. No one knew how it will effect the war torn continent but there was an underlying agreement that Europe should never suffer the atrocities it suffered in World War II.

Since it inception academics from various disciplines tried to understand the effects of this new super national political regime. Investigations of such kind are still on-going and today we know to much extent how a regional political entity has transformed a continent. I am also in the pursuit of one such investigation that is trying to understand the role of media in creating European identity.

My doctoral is based on secondary data analysis. This secondary data is obtained from Eurobarometer surveys which is being conducted by assistance of European Commission. The survey is usually carried out twice every year. In this survey approximately 1000 people from every member states, candidate states and prospective member states are questioned on various topics. At the moment, I am working with questions that deal with people’s attitude towards European Union, their feelings of being citizen of Europe and how media effect their attitude towards European Union. My investigation also takes in to account the geographical distribution of people i-e I am researching how Europeans from different non/member states varied in receiving the media and consequently altering their attitude towards EU.

So far my research has reveal that Eastern member states has positive feelings towards EU; whereas Southern member states were positive but after the Euro-crisis it has changed dramatically. In Western and Northern Europe people are cautious and have neutral feelings. Furthermore, the current research reveals that media does not have strong effect on changing behavior and feelings of Europeans towards EU, but this investigation is on-going and yet to give the final conclusions.