"Exploring a key aspect of European integration, this book considers the remarkable experiment with common rights and citizenship in the EU. Willem Maas analyzes the development of European citizenship within the larger context of the evolution of rights. Imagining more than simply a free trade market, the goal of building a "broader and deeper community among peoples" with a "destiny henceforward shared" - creating European citizens - has informed European integration since its origins. The author argues that its success or failure will not only determine the future of Europe but will also provide lessons for political integration elsewhere."--BOOK JACKET.