Catalonia can only look on enviously at Kosovo’s independence and international recognition

A undoubted esprit de corps binds together Catalonia and Kosovo, who, despite the former's break for freedom having isolated itself from the international community and the latter still polarizing opinion since its 2008 secession from Serbia, share a singleness of purpose predicated on unshackling themselves from parents with whom they seemingly have little in common.…

Secessionist ideals promise happiness ever after, but what are the realities?

Disintegration of the Soviet Union into 15 secessionist states and the collapse of the former Yugoslavia heralded the greatest tectonic shift amongst Europe's borders since World War 2. Notwithstanding a cordial parting of the Czech and Slovak republics, it was widely assumed that continental nationalistic upheaval was firmly a thing of the past. The subsequent…

Secessionist movements, land swaps, and an enforced name change threaten to destabilize Europe

The sight of a million Catalans converging on Barcelona to celebrate the region's "National Day" highlights, a year on from declaring independence from Spain, that the strength of conviction to eventually secede from Madrid remains as resolute. The international community will though not only be mindful, should a schism eventually occur, of the potential for…