Much has been written in the past about why the European Union can never succeed in their avowed aim to create a United States of Europe and, apparently, there was an attempt after the 1992 event by the EU to participate in the Olympics under an ‘EU’ flag to further that aim.
The main reason, I would suggest, for the aim of the EU remaining unfulfilled is that of the feeling of nationalism. Whatever your country of birth, how can such a person not feel national pride on viewing one’s ‘flag’ being raised after the final of an event? While I do not have that much time for Daniel Hannan on ‘matters political’, with this article he ‘hits the nail on the head’ when he questions the use of the pronoun ‘We’.
It could be said that feeling good about your country also makes you feel good about your own life. Where immigration is concerned, that raises the question of what is ‘your country’. It’s fine to say pride in your country makes you happy, but what kind of pride – and what country – are we talking about? There are intriguing – and political – differences – because pride can be divided into two types. There is, I suggest, ‘ethnic’ nationalism which involves ancestry and there is ‘civic’ nationalism which involves respect for a country’s institutions and laws for belonging. It could be said that civic nationalism is open to minorities or immigrants, at least in principle, but is not ‘nationalism’ per se also open to minorities or immigrants if they have chosen to make an ‘alien’ nation their country of residence and enjoying all that that country offers?
It is all very well constructing ‘tests’ for citizenship, but said ‘tests’ are worthless if the person concerned still retains a sense of ‘ethnic nationalism’ – and no ‘test’ can negate that. Logically, therefore, any policy of immigration and ‘integration’ of differing societies cannot work unless a period of 10/20 years, if not longer, passes before ‘citizenship’ is granted wherein a ‘family’ can show they have ‘integrated’ and accept their ‘adopted’ country as their own.
Just raising another subject for debate………..
Afterthought: If we have to be in the European Union, then a question of the ‘Natural Order’ enters the equation, in which case: is this not it?
With a H/T to Cranmer for the picture!