A Wave of Separatism In Europe: Belgium, Spain, Britain And Italy Are In Danger Of Breaking Up
October 28th, 2012
Some European countries are at a crossroads where they are making a choice on whether they want to live together or not.
A round up from the news I just saw:
- the flemmish separatist (non-racist right-wing) N-VA just won a massive victory in the belgium local elections.
- the separatist (social-dem) SNP in Scotland just came to an agreement with the u.k. government on a independence referendum in 2014.
- more and more catalonians support full independence from spain.
European Economic Woes Spur Separatists in Pockets of Prosperity
LONDON — The enduring economic crisis in Europe is providing a spur to separatist movements in some of the most prosperous regions, with voters being encouraged to break away from their national governments and go it alone.
The municipal elections on Sunday in Belgium, where the separatist New Flemish Alliance triumphed in Dutch-speaking Flanders, were the latest indication of a pro-independence trend that could redraw the map of Europe.
Separatism is also on the rise in Spain, in Britain and in Italy, whereprotestors turned out in Venice this month to demand a referendum on establishing an independent Venetian Republic.
In the Italian province of South Tyrol, which has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, thousands of people marched in April to demand independence.