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It's the direct opposite. There doesn't really exist an umbrella culture for the EU, national identities are fully intact and even so we're seeing a backlash for stronger cultural identities, part fed by xenophobic tendencies, part fed by alarmist thoughts that the EU would bleach all cultures into one homogeneous entity.

The EU project was, as has been countlessly pointed out here, started as a project to facilitate trading between countries. So it's starting focus was, perhaps, on consumerism, but that has long seized to be its only raison d'etre.

The EU's regional development programme is huge, go see for yourself. It does not shun regional development, it embraces it.

No mention of Christiantity is also a good thing and doesn't imply God = business. You also skimped on the humanitarian rights that were one the treaty's center pieces.

European Tribune - Comments - Balkan politics and EU values

Most Muslims living in Europe haven't abandoned their cultural and religious values - and this will come to the foreground as soon as their communities are numerically and financially strong enough.

How is this a problem?

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Tue Dec 11th, 2007 at 07:35:12 AM EST

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