‘Scotland’s future: in Europe’ | D. Krivanek- openDemocracy

‘Scotland’s future: in Europe’ | D. Krivanek- openDemocracy

More broadly, and from a European perspective, I feel this is the first opportunity for a radical rethinking of what a modern state should look like since 1989. The white paper displays the same type of optimistic voluntarism many Eastern Europeans felt when the communists regime crumbled; soon we will have a brand new state, it will be perfect in every way and we’ll all be happy forever after in solidarity with each other (here Vaclav Havel would have added his trademark heart). Yet this didn’t really happen, and although the Czech Republic or Poland look nothing like twenty years ago, many of these initial hopes were met with very harsh realities. I am not suggesting the situation, or indeed the underlying ideals, are the same, but rather than one should always be wary of overenthusiastic promises.

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