AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies

An ever more divided Union? Contemporary separatism in the European Union: a comparative case study of Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders

by Tim Martijn Wencker

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2014
Keywords: separatism; European Union; secession; EU; Scotland; Catalonia; Flanders; independence
Record ID: 1260114
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.