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Cultural Policy in the EU and the European Identity
Cultural policy in the EU and the european identity
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Cultural Policy and Cultural Identity

‘If we were beginning the European Community all over again, we should begin with culture.’ These words are attributed to Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Communities. However, at the end of the 1990s, a high level official in the German cultural administration expressed the opinion that ‘there will never be a European culture coordinated in all respects’ (Maurus, 1998: 87). And Wolfgang Mickel, a well-known educationalist on European issues, endorsed this view when he stated that the EU had no cultural policy of its own (Mickel, 1998). Whether Monnet actually pronounced this phrase is of small importance. Its extraordinary ...

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