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.


chapter 1|20 pages


European integration and the nationalities question *
ByJohn McGarry, Michael Keating, Margaret Moore

part I|170 pages

Theoretical and comparative approaches

chapter I 2|12 pages

Europe, the state and the nation

ByMichael Keating

chapter I 3|29 pages

The evolving basis of European norms of minority rights

Rights to culture, participation and autonomy
ByWill Kymlicka

chapter I 4|21 pages

National minorities and EU enlargement

External or domestic incentives for accommodation?
ByGwendolyn Sasse

chapter I 5|18 pages

Autonomy, power-sharing and common citizenship

Principles for accommodating national minorities in Europe
ByRainer Bauböck

chapter I 6|21 pages

Kin-states protecting national minorities

Positive trend or dangerous precedent?
ByWalter Kemp

chapter I 7|15 pages

Minorities, violence and statehood on the European periphery

ByCharles King

chapter I 8|30 pages

The impact of post-communist regime change and European integration on ethnic minorities

The ‘special' case of ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe *
ByStefan Wolff

chapter I 9|22 pages

Cross-border minorities and European integration in Southeastern Europe

The Hungarians and Serbs compared
ByJudy Batt

part II|155 pages

Case studies

chapter II 10|23 pages

From ‘full national status' to ‘independence' in Europe

The case of Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales
ByAnwen Elias

chapter II 11|9 pages

Nations without states in the EU

The Catalan case
ByMontserrat Guibernau

chapter II 12|14 pages

Scottish autonomy and European integration

The response of Scotland's political parties
ByEve Hepburn

chapter II 13|19 pages

Basque nationalism

Sovereignty, independence and European integration 1
ByGurutz Jáuregui

chapter II 14|15 pages

Liberalising Estonia's citizenship policy

The role of the European Union, the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe
ByElena Jurado

chapter II 15|17 pages

Europe's limits

European integration and conflict management in Northern Ireland
ByJohn McGarry

chapter II 16|18 pages

Breton identity highlighted by European integration

ByMichel Nicolas

chapter II 17|21 pages

Baltic identities and interests in a European setting

A bottom-up perspective
ByRichard Rose, Sten Berglund, Neil Munro

chapter II 18|17 pages

EU accession and conflict resolution in theory and practice

The case of Cyprus
ByNathalie Tocci