|Editor||Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross|
Based on two series of studies, this paper analyses the potential effect of the introduction of the Euro-currency on subjects' perception of Europe. It is assumed that the feeling of belonging to Europe, along with the impression of being European might have changed with the arrival of a common European currency, introduced at the same time in the twelve countries belonging to the Euro zone. It is hypothesised that this perception will vary according to psychological variables, related both to the subjects themselves and to the level of familiarity based on the virtual or concrete practice of the Euro. In consequence, this paper compares attitudes and social representations toward the Euro, six months before the concrete introduction of the Euro, and during January and February 2002, after the Euro became the common currency in the European Monetary Union. Two different samples of teenage subjects are studied and compared during these two distinct phases: before the introduction of the Euro and after the Euro has been introduced for everyone in the Euro zone. Data concerning the influence of the Euro in relation with becoming more European are discussed later in the paper.