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    The lesson from Catalonia: We need better principles on who has the right to self-determination and how

The lesson from Catalonia: We need better principles on who has the right to self-determination and how

The standoff between Spain and Catalonia raises fundamental questions about the rights of citizens to self-determination, and how demands for separatism or greater autonomy should be dealt with by a nation state. Michael Keating writes that the Catalan crisis has emerged from a series of missed opportunities, a lack of dialogue between the two sides, and a disappearing centre […]

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    David Cameron’s EU reform plan still raises more questions than answers

David Cameron’s EU reform plan still raises more questions than answers

The British government is currently attempting to renegotiate the terms of the country’s EU membership, but what specific concessions would David Cameron like to achieve? Michael Keating presents an overview of the possible reforms, noting that the relatively minor proposals currently being discussed are unlikely to satisfy Eurosceptic Conservatives or UKIP supporters.

Now that the Conservatives have a majority government, […]

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    Scotland could end up as a kind of post-sovereign polity in a looser union with England

Scotland could end up as a kind of post-sovereign polity in a looser union with England

British politicians are still clinging to antiquated notions of sovereignty, argues Michael Keating. While British governments have in recent decades come to accept the idea of Scottish self-determination, they have not been able to see their way beyond traditional ideas of sovereignty, so that Scotland must be subordinate to Westminster or completely independent. The moderate solution to the problem is […]

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