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Regional Separatisms and Independence Referendums in Europe
Regional Separatisms and Independence Referendums in Europe

Author(s): Petar Matić, Aleksandra Mirović
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: regional separatism; referendums; globalization; selfdetermination; dezintegration; international law; double standards

Summary/Abstract: This paper explores the issue of regional separatisms and referendums on self-determination in Europe. These disintegration processes run counter to the ongoing universal trends of globalisation and global market creation. Although international legal documents define the self-determination as a right vested only in sovereign nations, aspirations of this kind are in practice increasingly exhibited by minority groups and nations. Furthermore, in some situations we are witnesses of double standards on self-determination, particularly remarkable in the case of Kosovo and Metohija. However, these disintegration processes are not confined to the states of the former Eastern Block, but are also present in the well-established and developed democracies boasting a broad spectrum of minority protection rights. These trends are particularly present in southern member-states of the EU, eroding its very foundations built on the idea of a united Europe as a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural creation.

  • Issue Year: 10/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 179-192
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English