I think this question is about different axes.
Within the Schengen area there is no border for many things, but it does not change the culture.
Within Europe there is room for our own culture, which means that we have such a great post “translation costs” on the EU budget.So I see no threat from Europe for its own cultural heritage.
I see much more threat to culture by all media from the US. I’m still waiting for Thanksgiving to celebrate…
I would therefore like to see the EU give a strong (R) incentive to TV programmes and films made in Europe and for a European public.More European values.
The one does not exclude the other.For thousands of years, a homogenizing trend has been underway. The differences between a Chinese and a German are now much smaller than the differences between a Russian and a German 200 years ago. Now they often listen to the same pop stars, wear the same kind of jeans and occasionally eat the same Mc Donald’s Meuk.
In addition, regional identities also rise again.
The EU’s policy will not have much influence on this trend.Culture is a dynamic thing and, above all, subject to the free play of social forces.
Compare it with the state formation in western European countries.The Netherlands for example. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, the regions that now form our country had to deal only by chance, also because infrastructure was often absent.
Now everyone can explain themselves in the national language (Dutch) and you need 3 hours with the car to reach any place within the boundaries, except the Wadden.
Nevertheless, every region has retained its character.The Frisians their language, the Limburgers their carnival, the Zeeuwen their island culture. Now the Zeeuwen themselves will find that they have been eroded with the Delta works. Yet they were all too happy that they were built after the flood disaster.
Not all countries want to give their own identity.
Zolangdit does not change, the boundaries will continue to exist.
Now there is already an agreement to reduce the number of controls at the borders, called the Schengen agreement, but terrorist threats make that largely undone/impossible.
The boundaries will probably disappear.
Just the disappearance of national borders will revive or flourish for a kind of regional nationalism (nationally regionalism?).
Regions such as the Basque Country, Catalonia, or Flanders, northern Italy, Brittany, etc will see their region as the basis for their identity even more with the fall of national borders.
It will become more of a Europe of regions than of countries.
I don’t know if that would be good or bad.
The boundaries will disappear.That is almost unsurmountable.
Cultural homogeneity will never come.That is not the way.
However, the cultural entities will change.To give you an example:
Brabant (the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Antwerp and “Vlaams” Brabant) will grow culturally towards each other again.
Now, of course, there will always be nationalists, but I have good courage that most people will find that in a European state the disadvantages do not outweigh the benefits.
To allow more regional identities to come into their own, so that “one” does not get the urge to leave the Union, which would be very “awkward” for “everything” on its own.
In the EU, the principle is firmly anchored that what the national states can do lies with those states, and what the umbrella community does, supports the internal action of the States with a view to the common interest.EU directives are never intended to weaken national interest. It is clear, however, that when a national state is Unfair competition provides benefits in a common market, the EU must intervene. Such a competitive advantage, for example, can also be the high level of education, the EU must try to draw the same level; or bad infrastructure etc. Etc.
In the long term, borders will disappear anyway I think. They are a human concoction because we do not know how to give large groups of people the feeling that they ‘ belong together ‘.Hopefully, one day we see a better way that is less often caused by wars. I am not sure whether the policy of the European Union accelerates this progress. I call it a progress because I see few negative sides to a world where all people see each other as people like us. Countries do this very well, we assume that all people in the Netherlands are roughly dealing with the same everyday problems and that everyone believes in the importance of free market and democracy. That is the function that a country fulfills, culture actually does the same on smaller (or more variable) scale. As long as the European Union intends to make progress in the world, the answer to the question is simply yes, unless progress and social fragmentation go hand-in-hand.