Abstract Pinterič

National Identities of Small Nations within the Context of European Integration: the Case of Slovenia

Uroš Pinterič

Abstract: There have been numerous discussions over the last decade concerning the current and future role of small states in the European Union enlargement process. There have also been a number of ideas involving a common European identity within the context of the development and reform of the European Union. These ideas are based on varying elements of common identity, whether they exist or not. It is not all that easy, however, to determine whether a common European identity actually exists. This article will attempt to demonstrate certain possibilities for preserving (small) state national identity in the European Union alongside the creation of a new, common European identity. There are also certain elements of national identity defined by various theories within the framework of the European Union. The Eurobarometer indicates, however, that the idea of a common European identity, which could be as intensive as a national one, is less than feasible. One can consequently argue that national identity still matters, within small states as well. The process of globalization will change the role of national identities and will in all probability strengthen supranational identities. National identities will still, however, be quite important due to their strong roots in society. Each country, particularly small ones, will still have to manage its identity wisely, otherwise the possibility arises of becoming lost in sea of additional identities.

Keywords: National Identity, the European Union, Small Countries, Socialization, Slovenia, Supranational Identity