As Spain begins the process of suspending Catalonia‚Äôs autonomy, the European Union is watching events with an anxious eye.  Is secessionism poised to become the next great threat to European unity?

  • Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, points out that a union that relies on nation-states, not just for implementing its policies, but also for legitimacy, can function only as well as its individual members. 
  • But former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis thinks the Catalonia crisis has opened a window for Europe to develop a new type of sovereignty that dissolves national particularism and upholds democratic norms.
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