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The Spanish Apartment – The making of a European identity

There are hardly any films on European identity or even historical events from a European angle. The Spanish Apartment (L’auberge espagnole) is perhaps the only film about Europeans within the context of the EU. It is a commercial comedy, in which young … Continue reading

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The Olden Days – The Nation & the EU

Exchanging views with Brexiteers I could not help but notice a lack of sense of history. It is not a mere knowledge of history, which is certainly lacking, but an understanding that break-ups of geopolitical systems (be they an empire, … Continue reading

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National Treasure – Sacralising the Nation

It seems befitting the Fourth of July to write about American myth-making. By ‘myth’, I do not mean something false, but the narrative vehicle for what is held as valuable and meaningful. Myths are, therefore, ‘true’ rather than ‘accurate’ representations … Continue reading

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