London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Making the most out of it? Chances and challenges of EU Citizenship Rights

Author(s) Welge, R.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
What are the chances and challenges of citizenship rights in the European Union (EU)? Instead of a purely theoretical assessment of EU citizenship, this paper explicitly draws attention to the citizens’ perspective towards current challenges of EU citizenship. One of the key challenges seems not to be a lack of knowledge, but the feeling of being insufficiently informed about EU citizenship and citizen rights. Furthermore, the data show that chances and challenges, according to the voice of young EU citizens, take place at different levels and vary across member states. Hence, current challenges require tailor-made approaches in EU educational programs and projects to be appropriately addressed. Keywords: EU citizenship, rights, European Union, democratic quality, citizens’ perspective, cross-national variation, citizenship education.

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