Challenging the linear narrative of European integration: a call for reflection


  • Juozas Kasputis Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg, Polanyi Centre



Metaphor, Model, European Union, End of history, Democracy, Scientific method


This paper philosophically explores the possible introduction of an alternative analytical approach to European integration. It is an invitation to reflect critically outside the mainstream paradigm. An extensive amount of scientific literature and research papers focuses on the EU, but it is quite easy to get lost amidst this stream of abundant writing. Meanwhile, the EU has been experiencing serious challenges since the previous enlargement, which has led to a broader definition of the “European project.” Numerous discussions have failed to deliver the expected results. It is an interesting paradox that the EU has been proposed globally as a model of peacebuilding in the context of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012. However, since then, no clearly defined model of internal EU integration has been implemented apart from some basic premises. The Monnet method has become formalized within the official framework of the EU, thus justifying top-down institutional engineering, which is contrary to the concept proposed by Jean Monnet. The paper offers a metaphorical reasoning as an intellectual counterbalance to the unreflective application of integrational models, thus enriching analytical and critical discourse.


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How to Cite

Kasputis, J. (2024). Challenging the linear narrative of European integration: a call for reflection. Darbai Ir Dienos / Deeds and Days, 80, 99–109.