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Regional Europeans The Relationship between Social Identities and EU Support in Austria Katrin Praprotnik 1Politics in European countries is multi-level politics. Some decisions are made at the regional level, others at the national level and more and more policies have started to be negotiated at the European level. Whether each layer of the politi- cal system is rooted in the heart of its citizens has been subject to scholarly at- tention. A corresponding social identity is said to be an important prerequisite of public support for a given political level. When

European Regions Perspectives, Trends and Developments in the 21st Century Elisabeth Donat, Sarah Meyer Introduction In the early 21st century, Europe’s regions find themselves on a continent that is fa- cing deep political, social and economic change. The financial and economic crisis has left its mark all over Europe, the ongoing Brexit process is causing unprece- dented uncertainty among citizens and in various economic sectors, andmigration and climate change are just two examples of policy domains posing a challenge to the unity and cohesion of the EU and

Europe of the Regions’ A Genealogy of an Ambiguous Concept Ulrike Guérot Once again, the future of the EU is up for debate. Ursula von der Leyen, who took over the EU Commission in late 2019, has announced a Conference on the Future of Europe, starting in 2020 and lasting for two years. Citizens and civil society are to have their say as equal partners alongside European institutions.While the concre- te scope and objectives of the conference still have to be agreed on, von der Leyen has already declared her readiness to follow up on what the conference decides

Regional Identities in Europe Their Manifestations in Constitution- and Policy-Making Karl Kössler Introduction For a certain period of time, starting in the early 1980s, the notion of a ‘Europe of the regions’ (Keating 2008: 630) generated a lot of support and even enthusi- asm, as it became a political slogan used by ardent promotors of regionalism and, for a while, also the European Commission. Around the turn of the millennium, however, the idea of regions as a genuine ‘third level of government’ within the EU suffered a setback for several reasons, among

A Sensible Politics Image Operations of Europe’s Refugee Crisis Bishnupriya Ghosh Refugee image cultures are the dangerous supplement to refugee crises. As such, they invite critical opprobrium, sometimes for the unethical sensationalism of particular images and sometimes for the desensitizing effects of image overloads. At first glance, the steady stream of images serves only to numb rather than to incite real-time respon- sibility toward the migrant waves that seek passage into new territorial enclosures. Or the deluge of images invokes withdrawal and

Europe’s Rural Areas … … Need Cultural-political Perspectives BEATE KEGLER AND WOLFGANG SCHNEIDER A large number of European activities currently indicate the necessity of looking more closely at rural areas. They include, among others, Common Grounds and the LEADER programme as well as various network activities. Common Grounds is the name of a European project proposal in which artists and village communi- ties from all over Europe jointly search for old and new narratives about rural areas. The LEADER programme is increasingly promoting future

European Regions
Perspectives, Trends and Developments in the 21st Century

Europe's only Megacity Urban Growth, Migration and Gentrification in 21st Century Moscow JULIA RöTTJERIJAN K USBER At the beginning of the 21" century, Moscow is the largest city and the only Megacity in the European context. 1 It is therefore a case study tobe considered in the frame of this conference volume about perspectives of cultural sciences on urban slum areas and their inhabitants. The capital of the Russian Federation has been growing constantly over the last 20 years and the city itself is cur- rently home to approx. 12,000,000,2 the Moscow

Small Cinemas in Transition
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Cross-border Cooperation in Central Europe A Comparison of Culture and Policy Effectiveness in the Polish-German and Polish-Slovak Border Regions Urszula Roman-Kamphaus Introduction Cross-border cooperation is widely recognised as playing an important role in re- gional development concepts. Cooperation is useful in coordinating policy and jointly exploiting common development potential. Some border regions are seen as handicapped by their peripheral location and because national borders tend to hinder flows of trade, information and people (Anderson et al. 2003