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STANDING IN-BETWEEN: ELEMENTS OF BALKAN IDENTITY UNDERLYING ROMANIA'S POSITION IN THE EU
The paper examines the decisive impact of Romania's Balkan heritage on its current position in the EU. Our study aims at proving that Romania's present status among the EU countries is not only a matter of perception from the outside, but also a matter of self-perception, both being shaped by the stereotypes pertaining to the concept of 'Balkanism'. Historically torn between the East and the West, the central and the liminal, the local and the global, the Balkan area has fostered a uniquefatcat:q7hxzqpkqvdshfesalw7tws7ai