Since 2007 Rainer Bauböck holds a chair in social and political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. He is on leave from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in normative political theory and comparative research on democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism and minority rights. He is founder and co-director of the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship.Last updated on 22.01.2014 Report Error
Does the European Union need a shared collective identity? Yes, it does, but not just one. If the EU is to come out stronger from its present crisis, it will need to add to the collective identities that it has successfully promoted in the past a new one that keeps it going into the future.