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I had Europe-awareness events (meetings, information, organized by the Council of Europe) when I was in my final secondary years at school in England. They certainly broadened my horizon, but please... Are we saying that citizenship doesn't seem to matter to citizens because they didn't get information at school?

Citizenship doesn't matter because it doesn't amount to very much and hasn't evolved in any major way that impacts people's lives over the past 20 years (since this is a commemorative event). (See my take and that of Alain Lamassoure on the content of EU citizenship here, it isn't really dated).

At the same time, it has become crystal clear that power in the EU belongs even less to citizens than in their member-states (if that were possible). And that power can be, is being, exercised to the detriment of ordinary citizens.

Citizenship without much in the way of rights and next to nothing by way of political power is a hollow concept. Which is why the EU population at large is not engaged by it (to speak politely).

So you're right. The horse needs to go in front of the cart.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 10th, 2013 at 12:03:50 PM EST

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