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The enlarged EU has seen the confirmation of national stereotypes, which have proven to be a barrier to the formulation of a common foreign policy, and, most importantly, a limit on the sense of European identity. Within individual European states, the emphasis on national history in a moment of pooled sovereignty has led to introspective symbolic politics with unfortunate consequences for democracy and for the larger European project.
Using insights from various disciplines (history, political science, philosophy, post-colonial theory etc.) may also prove to be a fruitful way to place the current developments in a larger context.