The vast majority of Europeans welcome European integration, but few Europeans actually feel European. There remain large value between European regions (West, South, Central and East).
But the values of Central Europeans are slowly converging with Western Europeans. As Central European values become more liberal, the trend towards more individual freedom and tolerance in Western Europe slows down. (Left: 1st edition €156)
‘The book also provides a picture of the direction in which Europe seems to be heading,’ writes European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in its Preface. ‘Modernisation and individualisation have gained ground, especially in the North-Western parts. However, traditional family values still dominate.’
The Atlas of European Values also reveals that:
‘The Atlas of European Values is an important and unparalleled document reflecting the changing face of Europe,’ says (left) Loek Halman, Associate Professor of Sociology at Tilburg University.
‘For anyone who wishes to understand Europe today and the changes taking place in Europe, this Atlas is an essential read.’
Inge Sieben, senior researcher at Tilburg adds ‘Here is a picture of Europe that goes further than the day-to-to-day skirmishes over monetary union and Eurobonds. The Atlas allows us to see what Europeans themselves are thinking and what they value most.’