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This introductory chapter discusses the three parts of the book. The first part is Identity and European Union (EU) citizenship which examines the meaning of citizenship of the Union from the perspective of a transition from foreigner to citizen. The second part of the book examines solidarity and EU citizenship. Here the defining feature is the relationship of citizenship to equality as regards social solidarity. The third part is entitled Equality and EU citizenship. Here the key issue is the articulation of EU citizenship with the wider concepts of equality which are present in EU law. The third part examines issues not only from the perspective of EU law's ability to touch citizens of states where there has been no movement but also how national law and the courts responsible for its interpretation of nationality have sought to reconcile the situation of their citizens in the face of EU citizenship.

Keywords: EU law; European Union (EU) citizenship; social solidarity

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