Is Catalan independence the next Brexit?

Hype around the Dutch, French, and German elections this year has overshadowed what is likely an even larger threat to European integration. Spain’s Catalonia region plans to hold a referendum on secession from Spain this year. With polls showing public opinion evenly split, there is a real chance for an independent Catalonia in the coming months and years, possibly triggering the region’s exit from the European Union.

The many faces of euroscepticism: How the EU was once everything to everyone, but is no longer

European political and economic integration has been enabled by broad consensus across many parties and nations. Socialists, conservatives, industry, environmentalists, and cultural minorities all saw their aspirations reflected in the EU. Today, many of these groups no longer see themselves in the European project, fuelling growing euroscepticism from the very same factions that helped the EU come about.

The Dutch powderkeg: Why the Netherlands is next to leave the EU

As the dust settles from Italy’s “no” vote to constitutional reform, and a parliamentary vote in Westminster nudges Brexit a little bit closer to reality, the next big eurosceptic event looms large. The Dutch elect a new parliament on March 15, 2017, and there are strong indications that eurosceptic voices will take a significant share of the vote. The Netherlands has become a powderkeg of euroscepticism, and is likely the next EU domino to fall.