2020

The EU, the Nation State, and the Perennial Challenge to European Integration

Reprint No. 2020:12

Author(s): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars OxelheimYear: 2020 Title: The European Union and the Return of the Nation State Chapter: 1Editor(s): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars OxelheimPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanCity: Cham, Switzerland Pages: 1–26
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This introductory chapter sheds new light on the increasingly complex relationship between the European Union and the nation-state—in its capacity as EU member state—at a time when its fundamental values are being called into question by prominent political currents. The chapter explores the concept of the nation-state in a contemporary European context and shows that tensions between supranationalism and intergovernmentalism are since long a defining feature of European integration. The chapter then introduces the book’s interdisciplinary approach which offers different disciplinary perspectives on how the return of the nation-state impacts the EU’s ability to meet the multifaceted challenges it is facing. The chapter concludes by arguing that the EU must take the tensions which arise from the strengthening of the nation-state seriously while actively standing up for the European political project, its basic legal principles and democratic values.


Reference:
Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Antonina, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim (2020), "The EU, the Nation State, and the Perennial Challenge to European Integration". Chapter 1, pp. 1–26 in Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim, eds., The European Union and the Return of the Nation State. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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