Nationalist Contradictions in Europe

Why do breakaway political parties want to remain in the European Union?

All the current nationalist parties of small nations in Europe—the Scots, the Welsh, the Basque, the Catalans, the Flemish—strongly support membership in the European Union, which is dedicated to, and even predicated upon, the extinction of national sovereignty. One would have thought that these parties wanted, at a minimum, national sovereignty. The contradiction is so glaring that it requires an explanation.

  • Martin B

    They’re all Socialists, and they all know the longer they stay in the EU the longer it will be before they run out of other people’s money.

    “The Scots, once the canniest and most provident of people, now believe that improvidence is the greatest of political virtues”

    Yes, it’s very sad. The Scotland of Adam Smith, Robert Burns, Joseph Black and James Hutton is truly dead and gone.

  • xavier

    But there’s another factor that the good doctor doesn’t take into account:retributon. Basically in the case of the Catalans Brussels would be a bigger pitbull to keep the Spanish in line. Personally i’d favour membership in the EFTA for Catalunya and stay out of the EU

  • Waffle

    “This is surely one of the first times in history, however, that the expression, “Out of the frying pan into the fire,” has become not a warning, but the desired destination of substantial proportions of whole populations. ”

    I’d say it’s more of a case of selling your soul for a mess of pottage.

  • simus1

    Our maritime provinces and Scotland are like peas in a pod when it comes to lefty media group think and the wasting of tax money by big idea political insiders and their “build something, anything” rent seeking operatives in the club.
    It’s like mental telepathy or perhaps they just trawl the other’s media via the internet seeking out the latest in big hire, patronage rich bad ideas.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I’ve noticed the very same thing. It limits my ability to enjoy those environments, so the Maritimes and Nfld. are off the vacation charts for us. Too many fuckin’ incipient communists…..