The European Union's motto 'United in Diversity' contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed in the formation of nation-states and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being 'united in diversity' mean? Focusing on language politics and policies, this book offers a thorough assessment of the implications of cultural and linguistic diversity for the process of constructing a European polity. It sheds light on some of the most pressing problems associated with contemporary identity politics. It is often claimed that the recurrent celebration of diversity in Europe's programmatic declarations has an effective political impact. Kraus offers a critical analysis of how the EU has responded to the normative challenge of creating an institutional frame for integration which allows cultural differences to be transcended without ignoring them.
The Sunspots Of Serendipity is four-hundred forty lyrical quatrains on lost love, the tenuous course of the world--and our tragic human failings. It is full of epic heartbreak, and modest romance. A dirge on Mother Nature and human innocence, it is cynical on greed, money--and politics. It broods on the fragile constitution of our society--and also of our hearts' failures to reconcile our new world freedoms from commitment, with those old world ideals of monogamy. The passages are nimble, cryptic pieces evoking hope and caution. They quickly become metaphysical or existential, on the turn of a verb. They often culminate in tongue-twisters, or nonsensical syntheses--just to see if you're still reading.Also, weaving between the poles of faltering romances and worldly despairs, one finds anecdotal commentaries on everyday human frustrations--and the victories we all experience. For although the overtone of Sunspots is serious and brooding, its perspectives are never so bleak as to call an end to the words themselves--so that ultimately, hope bleeds through.
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