Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Demonstrators hold giant flags of Scotland, Basque Country and Catalonia during a demonstration in support of a Catalan vote on independence from Spain, in the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao on September 13, 2014The prospect of Scottish independence is raising fears in Europe that it could inflame other separatist movements at a time when the continent’s unity and even its borders are under threat, analysts say. While nationalists from Catalonia to Flanders will watch Scotland’s referendum with hope, Brussels is nervous about the possibility of a major European Union member like Britain falling apart. “It is a very difficult situation for the EU if Scotland becomes independent, it really is,” Pablo Calderon Martinez, Spanish and European Studies fellow at King’s College London, told AFP.

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