|Keywords:||separatism; European Union; secession; EU; Scotland; Catalonia; Flanders; independence|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29130|
This thesis analyses separatist movements within EU member states. The cases of Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders are thoroughly analysed and compared to establish a pattern of separatism within the EU. The pattern that is established recognizes imagined communities and 'rationalized' arguments as the cornerstones of European separatism. Moreover, this thesis considers the seemingly contradictory pro-European attitude that is clearly present within these separatist movements.