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Associated Union citizenship: Premature end of an idea with great potential? (TruLies Blog by Oliver Schwarz)

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Not all good ideas are neces­sarily leading to good projects. The latest witness therefore is the project of free Interrail tickets for young Europeans. Another example for a failed European proposal is the associated Union citizenship. For British citizens, the upcoming Brexit means losing their rights as citizens of the European Union. The rethinking of Union citizenship and the creation of transna­tional electoral rolls offer an alter­native concept to the complete exclusion of British citizens from the European insti­tu­tions and the political decision-making process. In light of hard lines in the Brexit-negoti­a­tions, this contri­bution shows the possible options and the added value of an associated Union citizenship.

Dr. Oliver Schwarz is a research fellow at the “Institut für Politik­wis­senschaft“ at the University Duisburg-Essen.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Oliver Schwarz´s contri­bution can be found here.