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The EU as a Communal Endeavour: Ideal and Reality

  • Ray Kinsella
  • Maurice Kinsella


In this chapter we explore the ethic of ‘community’ that is central to sustaining healthy transnational relationships within the EU. This invites an examination into the democratic ideals that underpin the EU—in particular, solidarity and sovereignty. The issue, in this context, is to ask why these are so central, and how they can be discharged in a manner that fosters the national autonomy of individual member states while simultaneously attending to the ongoing stability of the wider community. A key existential crisis that is assailing the EU at present is continued internal dissonance and the threat of further fragmentation. This will put at risk the extraordinary and providential achievements of Schuman, Monnet, Adenauer, and De Gasperi—and threaten a possible Balkanisation of the EU. A reluctance to challenge the prevailing Conventional Wisdom underpinning these developments will, inevitably, lead to continued fracturing. Our proposition is that rediscovering these foundational democratic ideals (with a particular emphasis on solidarity and subsidiarity) is indispensable to the resolution of the deeper existential crisis that the EU is undergoing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray Kinsella
    • 1
  • Maurice Kinsella
    • 2
  1. 1.Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (Formerly)Co DublinIreland
  2. 2.The Galilee House of StudiesAthyIreland

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