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Warum die Schotten vor London Angst haben, aber die Bayern nicht vor Berlin

Maximilian Steinbeis

Morgen stimmen die Schotten über ihre nationale Zukunft inner- oder außerhalb des Vereinigten Königreichs ab. Darüber haben wir hier schon viel geschrieben, und alle Zeitungen sind voll davon. Was mich erstaunt, ist, dass kein Mensch eine eigentlich ziemlich naheliegende Frage stellt: Warum sind in UK, Frankreich, Spanien, Italien und Belgien so viele Menschen der festen Überzeugung, das Joch der nationalen Zentralregierung keinen Tag länger aushalten zu können, und in Deutschland kein Mensch? Mehr noch: Warum sehen wir nicht nur keinen Drang zu mehr regionaler Eigenständigkeit, sondern im Gegenteil: eigentlich sogar zu immer weniger? Weiterlesen

1 Maximilian Steinbeis
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Eleventh hour thoughts on a contested subject

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

Is the ‘spectre of disintegration’ haunting Europe? Joseph Weiler fears that it is, and that, were an independent Scotland to be admitted as an EU state, this would lead to a domino effect whereby others would demand independence within the EU – testimony of an atavistic, retrogressive mentality, and adverse to the EU’s raison d’etre. This is a strongly put view, and not all will agree with it. Nonetheless, most of the papers in this highly stimulating symposium address, albeit in very different ways, the concern that lies at the base of Weiler’s argument – namely, the character of the EU, the nature of its values, its very reason for being. They also address the more workaday, but nonetheless critical, legal and practical issues that an independent Scotland’s membership pose. Weiterlesen

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 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by CHRISTOPHE HILLION

Christophe Hillion

Like many participants in this stimulating symposium, I am in agreement with several of Sionaidh Douglas-Scott’s contentions. But like some others, I am less persuaded by one of her conclusions: namely, that a treaty revision based on Article 48 TEU would suffice to codify an independent Scotland’s membership in the EU. While admittedly unprecedented, such a situation could not in itself warrant a complete disregard of EU membership rules, eg Article 49 TEU. As part of ‘the particular constitution and rules of the EU’, they should instead be applied, given their specific function in the treaties, albeit in a ‘pragmatic and purposive fashion’ in consideration of the existing and future ties between Scotland and the EU. Weiterlesen

256 Christophe Hillion
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by CARLOS CLOSA

Carlos Closa Montero

No one disagrees that an independent Scotland qualifies for EU membership and that it would no doubt become an EU member state. Why then is there so much normative argument around “seamless transition”? It may or may not happen and, should it come it pass, I believe that it may be a good thing, albeit that I fail to see a “normative” case which supports it. Why should third parties guarantee to a self-determining self that its constitutive decision will be costless regardless of any other consideration? This would deprive citizenship of an essential responsibility for decisions taken which I consider indispensable to democracy. Weiterlesen

255 Carlos Closa Montero
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by NEIL WALKER

Neil Walker

The presence of the EU both offers a spur to new projects of national sovereignty but also, and in my view more emphatically, it supplies a set of considerations which makes the project of new statehood less pressing, less consequential, and provided we can trust in continuing UK membership of a continuing EU (both of which statuses, of course, need careful attention) less relevant and ultimately unnecessary. Weiterlesen

254 Neil Walker
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by STEPHEN TIERNEY

Stephen Tierney

I agree with Sionaidh that the accession of an independent Scotland to the European Union is not in any serious doubt. I develop this point in a paper written with Katie Boyle here. In this blog I argue that although accession will no doubt take time, there is unlikely to be any period within which Scotland is effectively cast out of the EU. More speculatively I would like to ask whether there might in fact a duty on the part of the EU to negotiate Scotland’s membership, and whether the Secession Reference to the Supreme Court of Canada may provide an interesting analogy supportive of this argument. Weiterlesen

253 Stephen Tierney
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland in the EU: Comment by DIMITRY KOCHENOV

Dimitry Kochenov

the Union cannot be possibly expected to throw its weight behind ensuring that there is no choice for the nations seeking independence within Europe – it is not the Union’s realm. The contrary would amount to turning the EU into an instrument of blackmail of the emerging states by the existing state entities which is radically deprived of any purpose and is in strong contradiction with the values of democracy and the rule of law which the Union espouses. Weiterlesen

42 Dimitry Kochenov