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European Citizenship: Toward Renationalization or Cosmopolitan Europe?

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This chapter discusses policy decisions, legal reasoning, and political reactions to two recent 'moments' of EU citizenship politics. It conceptualizes the nation-based and cosmopolitan conceptions of Europe. The chapter reviews a brief historical overview over European citizenship as a background for the choices made and reasoning in the two moments of citizenship politics. It discusses the debates and reactions on the Schengen borders issue and the fundamental status of European citizenship in the Court of Justice of the European Union's (CJEU's) ruling on the Zambrano case. The discussion finds that the processes around the two decisions exhibit clear traits of different EU 'worldviews'; one which points in the direction of renationalization and the other which advocates more, not less, cosmopolitanism in Europe. The chapter concludes that the European citizenship politics is no longer only a mix of different ideas of integration.

Keywords: CJEU; cosmopolitanism; European citizenship; European integration



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