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The EU’s Struggle for Greater Efficiency While Staying True to Its Principles – the Linguistic Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Anyone familiar with the concept of the European Union could easily put in a nutshell its key values and principles: democracy, peace, and cooperation through preservation and promotion of equality, diversity and human rights.In theory this might be considered an ideal basis on which an intergovernmental, multicultural and supranational union should be founded. Nonetheless, as well-intentioned as the Union‘s forefathers may have been, it is uncertain whether, while outlining these guiding principles, they were envisaging the unprecedented political phenomenon that the European Union has become today. Consequently, it would be unwise to think that the different policies which ensure the Union‘s values and principles are adequately sustained should remain stagnant and rigid, bearing in mind the EU‘s dynamic metamorphosis from a six-state community in 1951 to a 27-state union today.This thesis aims to examine the conflict within the framework of the Union‘s language policies. This area is quite sensitive as most Member States consider language an important identity marker and would therefore do their best to retain control over this sector. Meanwhile language policy should be one of the Union‘s prime concerns as it could foster EU integration.

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2013. , 91 p.
Keyword [en]
EU, multilingualism
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207412DiVA: diva2:648073
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Master Programme in Euroculture
Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2013-09-13 Last updated: 2013-10-07Bibliographically approved

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