Identification of Young People with European Identity Features
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The issue of the national and the European identities is the subject of many specialized discussions as far as problematic social-political situation is concerned, which is the consequence of the migration crisis as well as Brexit – not only in the European Union, but also in its member states. The paper presents the research in which 484 students of Slovak secondary schools and universities participated; the results are interpreted in the context of creating the regional, national and European identities. According to the research results in the form of respondents’ opinions, the importance of the European identity features can be characterised as follows: high degree of legal protection, democratic values, single currency, collective political system, “unity in diversity” principle. The majority of respondents connects the personal identity mainly with the national identity, and subsequently with the European identity, while the collective identities are perceived as complementary, not contradictory. The age factor represents one of the most important variables. Therefore, we assume that the educational influence aimed to strengthen the European identity will prove more effective in the youngest individuals.
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