Tuesday, 27 November 2012 23:13

Crisis Could Be Causing the Balkanization of Europe

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Instead of the Europeanization of the Balkans, are we now witnessing the start of the Balkanization of Europe?

On Sunday, Catalans voted for a new regional parliament, and regardless of how the vote split among parties, one thing is immediately clear from the result: A majority of the electorate wants a referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain. Whether and how Catalonia secedes will now unfold. But it is no longer in the realm of fiction that we may in a few years find ourselves talking about “rump-Spain,” “the former Belgium” and “the former U.K.”

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