European Integration in the Twenty-First Century provides a comprehensive overview of the many dimensions and challenges to the on-going European integration project. It employs a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to review processes of both unity and disunity providing the reader with a complete snapshot of contemporary European integration in its variety of settings.
Chapter 9: Cultural Policy in the EU and the European 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 ...