Every five years EU citizens choose who represents them in the European Parliament, the directly-elected institution that defends their interWests in the EU decision-making process. In the recent elections of May 2014, the anti-EU vote was amplified in many countries, resulting in a continent-wide rise of euroscepticism. An important argument for the opponents of the European Union is the preservation of national identity; keeping their traditions and ideals intact. This protest for the merging of countries and the creation of a European unity raised my curiosity to research national identity.

Living in The Hague, the Dutch home of international politics, has triggered me to look at the 115 embassies that currently reside in this city. An embassy serves as a symbolic representation of a countries’
identity, a diplomatic symbol of respect for the visiting and host nation. It represents the relationship between the two countries, communicating their values and ideals and at the same time promoting its own home culture, economy and science.


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