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The Conservative Human Rights RevolutionEuropean Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention$
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Marco Duranti

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001

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A European Union Without Qualities

(p.405) Epilogue
The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

Marco Duranti

Oxford University Press

This coda discusses the implications of the book’s findings for the current political crisis besetting the European Union, drawing contrasts between Winston Churchill’s vision of European unity in the aftermath of the Second World War and that of EU officialdom today. Attempts to articulate a set of qualities shared by all Europeans often only sow the seeds of fragmentation. In postwar Europe, democracy and human rights were invoked for contrary purposes, with the terms themselves assuming radically different meanings depending on the context in which they were deployed. Appeals to democracy and human rights continue to divide as much as to unite Europeans. Whether found in calls for a greater pooling of national sovereignty or for greater national self-determination, such rhetoric has been mobilized both in defense and defiance of supranational authorities.

Keywords:   European identity, European integration, ECHR, European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, European Union, history and memory, Robert Musil, Winston Churchill

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