Skip main navigation

Is there a European identity?

This video introduces the notion of identity and discusses the idea of European identity

This video defines one of the key concepts of the course: identity, and more specifically collective identities. It introduces the ideas of national identities and of European citizenship.

This video shows how the construction of a European identity is related to an effort to construct a political unity, as in the 1970’s, the member states of the European Economic Community wished to bring a symbolic component to the institutional framework they had built.

This video also points out some divisions that are commonly referred to with regards to European identities, between the North and the South, or between the East and the West.

Share your view!

Can you think of other factors that bring together or pull apart Europeans?

This article is from the free online

Cultures and Identities in Europe

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now