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THE ECONOMIC VERSUS THE SOCIAL & CULTURAL ASPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Authors
Susanne Wurm
Publication date
22.09.2008
Course of studies
International Banking and Finance, MA
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ABSTRACT

After lecturing for a couple of years on “European Social Policy, Migration, Multiculturalism and Interculturality” in the Erasmus and Socrates lecturer exchange programme of the European Union at the universities of Stockholm, Rome, Ljubljana and Oulu in Finland and after having taught “European Economic History” and “European Union Development” at the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna since 1998, I decided to attempt an analysis and a comparison of the economic, social and cultural aspects of the European Union development from the point of view of a social and economic historian. By interviewing Austrian professionals from different fields of work, covering music, art, medicine, psychology, legal and educational research and banking, I attempted to find reasons for the sceptical attitude of Austrians towards the European Union as expressed in the latest Eurobarometer 2008. The intention of this working paper is to provide students and a general public interested in current developments in the European Union and their historical roots with a concise overview and a critical comparison of the economic, cultural and social developments of European Union integration and their impact on the satisfaction of European citizens with the state of the Union.
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