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News from Western Europe, Monday 18th March 2013

EUROPE Deutsche Welle: Syrian arms embargo divides EU. ‘A proposal from France and Great Britain to supply weapons to Syrian rebels has split the European Union. If Paris and London go it alone, it could ruin the bloc’s chances of creating a unified foreign policy. This Friday (15.03.2013) marked the two-year anniversary of the uprising […]

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News from Western Europe, Friday 1st March 2013

EUROPE Research -European Political Science Review: Where do radical right parties stand? Position blurring in multidimensional competition by Jan Rovny.  ‘This article questions the utility of assessing radical right party placement on economic issues, which has been extensively analyzed in academic literature. Starting from the premise that political parties have varying strategic stakes in different political issues, […]

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Western Europe Tracker 29.11.12

Belgium The Oxonian Globalist: A Splitting Headache. ‘Guy Bud examines the influence of the separatist New Flemish Alliance in Belgian politics, and asks what the future holds for this divided country. Outside the church of Saint Lutgard in Tongeren, a sleepy Belgian provincial town, is a billboard covered in publicity for the dozens of regional […]

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Western Europe Tracker 22.10.12

Europe: Analysis Eurasiareview: Europe In Grip Of Separatist Movement. ‘The trend inspires Catalans in Spain where separatism has long been on the rise. Developed districts do not want to share the debts of the rest of Europe. Spain’s most economically prosperous district of Catalonia has long been dreaming of independence. The same holds true for […]

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Western Europe Tracker 18.10.12

Comment International Herald Tribune: European Economic Woes Spur Separatists in Pockets of Prosperity. ‘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, […]

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Western Europe Tracker 17.10.12

Analysis:  Global Post: The Balkanization of Europe? ‘Europe’s rising tide of nationalism swept over Belgium on Sunday when separatists seeking independence for the country’s Dutch-speaking north surged in local elections to take power in city halls across the region. “This is a point of no return in our history,” Bart De Wever, leader of the New Flemish […]

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Flemish nationalism has not risen, it has transformed

For much of the international press, the local elections in Belgium this weekend were about the rise of separatism. The Washington Post reported already the day before the elections: “As the EU basks in Peace Prize glory, separatists from Belgium to Spain are on the march” (not that nationalists are never “on the rise,” but […]

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