Dahrendorf Taskforce Publication Series

RDTF Self determination

Regarding the revived independentist movements across the European Union particularly in Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders, questions in the context of peoples’ free choice of sovereignty and international political status have been raised. Besides the debate on how a potential secession would affect EU membership, the nations’ fundamental right to self-determination provokes a whole set of problematics.

Seemingly contradicting liberal narratives are at the forefront of Julie Cantalou’s paper. The European Affairs Manager at the Brussels office of the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom emphasizes implications for equal rights and politics when existing state boundaries do not coincide with claims of a self-identified nation.

You can read her paper here: Cantalou – Self-determination and separatism in Europe and the World – a liberal perspective

About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:

The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.

The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:

  • WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
  • WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
  • WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
  • WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that work

Find the previous publications of our Dahrendorf Taskforce series here:

On the Right to Be Forgotten, 17.03.2015

Ukraine as a bridge to Russia, 03.03.2015

The Parliaments Above the Crowns, 17.02.2015

Future of EU – Human Rights – Fundamental Freedom, 20.01.2015

Democratic Deficit in the EU: the Real Problem of the EU?, 03.02.2015

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