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European Integration and Minority Nationalism: a Literature Review and Avenues for Further Research

Does European integration impact on minority nationalism? Is there evidence that processses of European integration exacerbate or moderate minority nationalist tendencies in member states? Post-2010 development of the European Union (EU) is characterised by an unprecedented cumulation of crises, generating integration and disintegration tensions in its multi-level governance structure. How do these tensions impact on minority nationalism? Current literature is silent on this issue. Therefore, this review article seeks to survey past and present literature dealing with the complex and ambiguous relationship between European integration and minority nationalism. I find that our present knowledge of this relationship is considerably limited. To remedy this deficit, this article suggests several avenues for further research. Future research should enhance our understanding of whether, how, in which direction and under what conditions current (dis)integration processes occurring at different levels of governance impact on minority nationalism in EU member states.
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