Reframing Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession as a Question of Sovereignty

Reframing Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession as a Question of Sovereignty

For Sweden and Finland, the question of NATO accession is one that will persist for at least as long as tensions between Russia and the West endure as a part of what some are calling the “Cold War 2.0.” Regardless, Sweden and Finland should not make decisions on the future of their military alliances and other cooperative security measures based solely on fears of Russian reprisal. To do so would be to deny their own sovereignty and reward Russia’s disregard for the external and internal sovereignty of other countries.

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Regional Nationalism: Rethinking Sovereignty and Space in the European Union

Regional Nationalism: Rethinking Sovereignty and Space in the European Union

A nineteenth-century drama in a post-modern European Union. From 2012 to 2018, a combination of atavistic claims to nationhood, recent economic disputes, and a perceived lack of control over local affairs has propelled the pro-independence movement in Catalonia. Separatism and regional nationalism has reignited the ancient debate over borders, authority, and shared sovereignty in the European Union.

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Reexamining Welsh Independence

Reexamining Welsh Independence

The reasons for Catalonia’s recent independence referendum are multifarious: the region’s unique culture and language, its economic prosperity and the disparity between the funds it sends to Madrid and those it receives. In addition to these more sedate motives, Catalonian independence has also been cast as a fight against oppression. When Spanish police violently attempted to prevent the independence referendum, a narrative emerged of a tyrannical Spanish national government threatening freedom and democracy.

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