The Conclusion overviews the book’s argument and considers its implications for the future of Europe. Although symbols and practices of everyday life have created a type of legitimacy for the EU, its authority is tolerated more than loved. The failure of the European Constitution in 2005 demonstrated the constraints of the EU’s banal authority and the fragility of its facade of complementarity to the nation state. The Eurozone crisis and broader feelings of social exclusion are rightly forcing a new politicization of the EU. The book concludes that more open, transparent, and effectively channeled contestation, underpinned by a cultural infrastructure that allows for the overt conflict of political values that marked earlier historical episodes of political development, is the only way to create durable legitimacy for the EU.
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