Their successful and largely incident-free performance as hosts has soundly disproved any lingering notions that they are pariahs of traditional Europe.
Specifically, Poles and Ukrainians have
shown that their cultures fit into a greater European identity.
Though this identity remains a vague concept, the Euro has helped to
explain some of the things it consists of: a popular unifying sport,
an eyebrow-raising love of beer, as well as various social problems
that need addressing.
Regarding the latter, the most glaring
matter has been racism. Thus far, there have been reports of
Croatian, Polish, Spanish and Russian fans jeering players. In
addition, there was a racially-charged cartoon in an
Italian newspaper aimed at one of its own players
and racial attacks on twitter
stemming from London against English footballers.