For ethnic minorities in Europe separated by state borders-such
as Basques in France and Spain or Hungarians who reside in Slovakia
and Romania-the European Union has offered the hope of reconnection
or at least of rendering the divisions less obstructive.
Conationals on different sides of European borders may look forward
to increased political engagement, including new norms to support
the sharing of sovereignty, enhanced international cooperation,
more porous borders, and invigorated protections for minority
rights. Under the pan-European umbrella, it has been claimed that
those belonging to divided nations would no longer have to depend
solely on the goodwill of the governments of their states to have
their collective rights respected. Yet for many divided nations,
the promise of the European Union and other pan-European
institutions remains unfulfilled.
Divided Nations and European Integration examines the
impact of the expansion of European institutions and the ways the
EU acts as a confederal association of member states, rather than a
fully multinational federation of peoples. A wide range of detailed
case studies consider national communities long within the borders
of the European Union, such as the Irish and Basques; communities
that have more recently joined, such as the Hungarians; and
communities that are not yet members but are on its borders or in
its "near abroad," such as the Albanians, Croats, Serbs, and Kurds.
This authoritative volume provides cautionary but valuable insights
to students of European institutions, nations and nationalism,
regional integration, conflict resolution, and minority
Contributors: Tozun Bahcheli, Zoe Bray, Alexandra
Channer, Zsuzsa Cserg?, Marsaili Fraser, James M. Goldgeier,
Michael Keating, Tristan James Mabry, John McGarry, Margaret Moore,
Sid Noel, Brendan O'Leary, David Romano, Etain Tannam, Stefan
Subjects: Political Science
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