1st Edition

European Integration and the Nationalities Question

Edited By John McGarry, Michael Keating Copyright 2006
    418 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    A highly topical examination of the effect of European integration on relations between states and minority nations.

    This new collection brings together the leading specialists in the field, and covers a wide range of cases, from Northern Ireland in the West, to Estonia and Latvia in the East, and Cyprus in the South-East.

    The contributors assess how European integration has affected the preparedness of states to accommodate minorities across a range of fundamental criteria, including: enhanced rights protection; autonomy; the provision of a voice for minorities in the European and international arena; and the promotion of cross-border cooperation among communities dissected by state frontiers. The comprehensive chapters stress the importance of the nationality question, and the fact that, contrary to the hopes and beliefs of many on the left and right, it is not going to go away.

    Beginning with an introductory essay that summarizes the impact of European integration on the nationalities question, this accessible book will be of strong interest to scholars and researchers of politics, nationalism, ethnic conflict and European studies.


    1. Introduction: European Integration and the Nationalities Question

    John McGarry, Michael Keating, and Margaret Moore

    Section A: Theoretical and Comparative Approaches

    2. Europe, the State and the Nation

    Michael Keating

    3. The Evolving Basis of European Norms of Minority Rights: Rights to Culture, Participation and Autonomy

    Will Kymlicka

    4. National Minorities and EU Enlargement: External or Domestic Incentives for Accommodation?

    Gwendolyn Sasse

    5. Autonomy, Power-sharing and Common Citizenship -- Principles for accommodating National Minorities in Europe

    Rainer Bauböck

    6. Kin-States Protecting National Minorities: Positive Trend or Dangerous Precedent?

    Walter Kemp

    7. Minorities, Violence, and Statehood on the European Periphery

    Charles King

    8. The Impact of Post-communist Regime Change and European Integration on Ethnic Minorities: The ‘Special’ Case of Ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe

    Stefan Wolff

    9. Cross-border Minorities and European Integration in Southeast Europe: The Hungarians and Serbs Compared

    Judy Batt


    Section B: Case-Studies

    10. From ‘full national status’ to ‘independence’ in Europe -- The case of Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales

    Anwen Elias

    11. Nations without states in the EU: the Catalan case

    Montserrat Guibernau

    12. Scottish Autonomy and European Integration: The Response of Scotland’s Political Parties

    Eve Hepburn

    13. Basque Nationalism: Sovereignty, Independence and European Integration

    Gurutz Jáuregui

    14. Liberalising Estonia’s citizenship policy: The role of the European Union, OSCE and Council of Europe

    Elena Jurado

    15. Europe’s Limits: European Integration and Conflict Management in Northern Ireland

    John McGarry

    16. Breton Identity Highlighted by European Integration

    Michel Nicolas

    17. Baltic Identities and Interests in a European Setting: A Bottom-Up Perspective

    Richard Rose, Sten Berglund and Neil Munro

    18. EU Accession and Conflict Resolution in Theory and Practice: the Case of Cyprus

    Nathalie Tocci




    John McGarry is Professor of Political Studies and Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Michael Keating is Professor of Regional Studies at the European University Institute in Florence and Professor of Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen.