European Integration and the Nationalities Question by John McGarry, Michael Keating

By John McGarry, Michael Keating

A hugely topical exam of the impression of ecu integration on relatives among states and minority countries. This new assortment brings jointly the major experts within the box, and covers a variety of instances, from Northern eire within the West, to Estonia and Latvia within the East, and Cyprus within the South-East. The individuals determine how ecu integration has affected the preparedness of states to house minorities throughout quite a number basic standards, together with: better rights safeguard; autonomy; the availability of a voice for minorities within the eu and foreign enviornment; and the promoting of cross-border cooperation between groups dissected through nation frontiers. the great chapters pressure the significance of the nationality query, and the truth that, opposite to the hopes and ideology of many at the left and correct, it isn't going to depart. starting with an introductory essay that summarizes the impression of ecu integration at the nationalities query, this obtainable e-book could be of sturdy curiosity to students and researchers of politics, nationalism, ethnic clash and eu reviews.  

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On the contrary, the debates followed a logic in which authority is divided in complex ways between European and state-level institutions. Yet the various visions of Europe on offer provide more, or less, space for the accommodation of nationalities in the interstices of the state system (Jáuregui 1997). An intergovernmental Europe based on the existing states clearly offers least scope for stateless nationalities. An integrated but centralised and uniform Europe would offer little more. So regions and nationalities have pressed for an integrated Europe but one that is decentralised and pluralist.

To some degree this is true of minority rights, although as our volume shows, Europe has not developed as consistent a line on this as it has towards individual rights and democratic practice. Nationalist parties have sought to use the European framework to project their demands and in the process have been Europeanised (Chapters 10, 12 and 16). There is some institutional innovation, in the form of crossborder partnerships in places like Ireland or the Tyrol for which Europe provides a context and some instruments.

Regionalism has also involved institution-building in state and civil society. States have devolved to their constituent territories to varying degrees, both to accommodate autonomist demands and for reasons of functional efficacy. Interest groups and other elements of civil society have adapted, to consolidate the territory as a social, economic and political system. Regions are increasingly competing with each other for investment, technology and markets, within European and global spaces. It is not surprising then, that stateless nations have often emerged as sites of such region-building, with nation-building elites committed to new regionalist theories about the ability of small units to compete in European space autonomously.

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