This result is not the end of nationalism in Europe

With the Catalans, the Basques and even Belgian nationalist leanings, it may not be long before secession raises its head again in Europe.

21st September, 2014

An old and familiar spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of nationalism.

Like any self-respecting spectre, it has been around for hundreds of years. Most of the time it is invisible. If not given the deference if feels is its due to it, however, this spectre’s fury can destroy a state – rather like some angry poltergeist wrecking a house.

British Conservatives learned this the hard way. Their failure to placate Irish...

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