Financial Times. Europe – stretched at the seams. 13nov2012
Today Online. Europe – stretched at the seams.
Under the pressures of recession, fragile public finances and political grievances that have smouldered for decades, if not centuries, Europe is witnessing a rise in separatism and regionalism that is testing the resilience of well-established states. Independence movements in Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders are capturing votes and the public imagination as they seek to break away or gain more autonomy from Spain, Belgium and the UK.
“Europe is facing an economic crisis. This crisis is causing stress in the vicinity of long-buried faultlines. The blame game is in full swing,” John Bruton, a former Irish prime minister, wrote in The Irish Times last month.
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