The authors focus on the interrelations between the sense of individual identity and the sense of national identity.
Their aim is to find a common European legal culture.
The processes of Europeanization have been proceeding on the legal level, wherein the CJEU took a prominent role, and on the level of intergovernmental decision-making.
In the aftermath, the EU may be comprehended in terms of the rights-based union and problem-solving entity although the emergence of the values-based community has been stymied and the transnational public spheres are rather thin.
This caused a democratic deficit and provoked debates about the EU as a post-democratic polity.
There are disputes whether this oddity of the EU indicates its nobility or perversion.
But the fact remains that the Eurocitizens in their post-sovereign states became lost in the Hegelian extreme terms of the universal-formal rights.
Their individual interests made them especially exposed to the shocks of the economic crisis.
This makes it necessary to address the issue of the common European constitutional culture.