Beyond “Europe 1992”: Communication and cultural identity in small nation states
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AbstractThis article focuses on the changing role of the European Community (EC) and its impact on national media systems and policies. It points out that the EC policies advocate total freedom to provide services across borders, and that, total liberalization may lead to a future cultural synchronization and economic oligopolization of Europe. It is questionable whether the European policies will be in the advantage of the so-called smaller countries in the European Community, like for instance Belgium or the Netherlands, on the one hand, and whether these policies will be able to secure a free and balanced flow of information, ideas, opinions, and cultural activities within the Community on the other hand.

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